Librarians have changed over the last 50 years; they do way more than just keep books and maintain students. They are an essential part of every school. Some districts use the term “teacher-librarian” to emphasize that the school librarian is primarily an educator or “library media specialist” to emphasize that the school librarian is in charge of more than just books.
School Librarians are highly trained literacy professionals skilled in tech and print, and they play key roles in helping students develop academically. Librarians are also a helpful resource to teachers! They are a great source of knowledge and can collaborate with teachers for student resources and classroom projects. A librarian’s goal is to teach students how to learn and help teachers drive student success.
Here are 7 reasons why librarians are important to our schools.
They are skilled in inquiry-based learning
Librarians have been using this learning tactic for years when it comes to developing student’s skills. Teachers can collaborate with their librarians for an easier transition into inquiry-based learning.
Collaborating with teachers
They work with teachers to implement strategies and create projects that require research and critical thinking, as well as provide them with the correct resources and data that they need.
Teach students technical skills
These skills include being able to select, evaluate, and use information that they find online appropriately and effectively. They also teach students to guard their privacy online and the importance of sharing information ethically.
Match students to appropriate resources
They have access to all kinds of information and create a safe space for students to ask questions and learn. They can recognize student needs and guide them to the correct resource -whether it’s simple or diverse- and meet the student’s preferences in the background, culture, genre, etc.
Co-teach lessons that require research and technology skills
Librarians are often educators as well, have a teaching certificate, and an MBA (or are working towards one), so they are certified to co-teach lessons to students on digital literacy and the use of technology. They also manage multiple resources to make sure students have a vast array of information at their disposal.
Provide professional development to other educators
Certified librarians take courses and learn the American Association of School Librarians standards and build standards-based units using those materials. School librarians can offer books and readings for classrooms to reach those standards.
They are literacy leaders
Librarians are key leaders within their schools. Reading is the key to life-long learning and they create events, programs, and incentives to help make reading fun and introduce new technology to help advance students in their readings and research.
Thank you, Librarians! Our schools wouldn’t be the same without you!
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