AASL (The American Association of School Librarians) Division
I am a fairly new librarian. I was hired last year so this will be my second year on the job. I work in a very small, rural school system and we faced some brutal budget cuts last year. We are a Pre-K - 12 school and we run on a skeleton crew as it is, but we lost all 3 of our teaching assistants and our art teacher position at the end of last year. Now that this year is beginning they have made library one of our "specials" to replace art. Instead of seeing the elementary classes once a week as it has been in the past, I am now supposed to see them every day. I am trying to think outside of the box and think of what kind of daily class I can turn library into. I have 45 minutes with classes ranging from Pre-K to 7th grade. Does anyone have any suggestions?
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
“Summer Slide,” the loss of academic skills, motivation, and knowledge that happens over the summer, can set students back a full month. Keeping students reading and engaged in learning activities year round can be a challenge, which is why the AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on Joint School/Public Library Cooperation would love to hear from you!
Have you created a program to help combat “Summer Slide” in your school or library? Has your organization found a way to bridge the gap between school years by working with other organizations to support kids over the summer? Do you have ideas for programs, resources, or best practices that might successfully slow the “Summer Slide” for youth of all ages?
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Resolution that School Libraries and Librarians are Critical to Educational Success
Whereas, school librarians help students acquire unique skills not taught in the classroom and information and technology skills essential for students in the 21st century; and
Whereas, there has been research conducted in 22 states and a Canadian Province that provides significant evidence indicating the value added to student’s academic development by the presence of a strong school library program led by a credentialed librarian;
Whereas, the most universal finding is that the presence of full-time, credentialed school librarians and appropriate support staff who implement a quality, school integrated program of library services is directly related to these student educational gains; and
Whereas, it has been shown that incremental increases in the following can result in incremental gains in student learning:
- Increased hours of access for both individual student visits and group visits by classes
- Larger collections of print and electronic resources with access at school and from home
- Up-to-date technology with connectivity to databases and automated collections
- Instruction implemented in collaboration with teachers that is integrated with classroom curriculum and allows students to learn and practice such 21st century skills as problem-solving, critical thinking and communication of ideas and information
- Increased student usage of school library services
- Higher total library expenditures
- Leadership activities by the librarian in providing professional development for teachers, serving on key committees, and meeting regularly with the principal; and
Whereas, quality school library programs provide academic instruction and support to those students who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds in closing the achievement gap with the 21st century skills they need to succeed in college and career; and
Whereas, the de-professionalization and curtailment of school library instructional programs has not only had a negative impact on students and student achievement in K-12 learning environments, but also a negative impact on the ability of youth to utilize the resources of public and academic libraries; and
Whereas, more than 28,000 citizens signed a White House petition to ensure that every child in America has access to an effective school library program and asking that the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provide dedicated funding to help support effective school library programs in order to ensure more students have access to the school librarians, resources and tools that constitute a 21st century learning environment; and
Whereas, in its response, the Obama administration acknowledged that “School libraries do much more than house books and store data: a school library can broaden the horizon of learning for students and link them with communities and experiences far beyond their own classroom and community”;
Whereas, members of the American Library Association, as librarians, educators and contributors to our communities, recognize that there is an interdependence among types of libraries within a community, where what affects school libraries affects our profession as a whole, and that school libraries are at the center of this ecosystem; and members of ALA have an obligation to help ensure that every child in America receives a strong foundation in literacy, including the critical thinking skills necessary to thrive in a dynamic and competitive 21st century economy, now, therefore, be it
Resolved, that the American Library Association
- directs the ALA Presidential Task Force on School Libraries to lead the Association in its continued mission to address the urgent need for advocacy for school libraries, school librarians, and the impact of the de-professionalization and curtailment of school library instructional programs on students and student achievement, continuing to engage librarians of all types from across the association to advocate for school libraries, which are imperative to the survival and success of all libraries;
- encourages state associations and affiliates to influence legislation requiring adequate funding and appropriate staffing of school libraries in schools at all levels;
- places a high priority on seeing that upcoming ESEA legislation recognizes and specifically supports the necessity for effective school library programs and credentialed school librarians;
- works to encourage federal lobbying efforts to include school libraries in legislation and regulations, including areas such as digital literacy and broadband; and,
- actively seeks partnerships with national organizations to reach mutual goals of sustaining school libraries.
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