Keith Curry Lance and Debra E. Kachel wrote an article in Phi Delta Kappan. Check it out online at http://www.kappanonline.org/lance-kachel-school-librarians-matter-years-research/.
The purpose of this public hearing was to examine the 2016-2017 State Budget’s impact on the mission of New York State libraries in the 21st century. You can find the transcripts of testimonies at: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/testimony16/index.html
For the video recording of the testimonies go to: http://nystateassembly.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=8&clip_id=3956
March 6, 2014
Today’s school libraries do much more than circulate books. Essential functions of modern school-library programs include not only fostering a love of reading and research, but also working with classroom teachers to help students find, understand, evaluate, and apply information in order to solve both academic and real-world problems. Effective school librarians (also known as “school library media specialists”) are integral partners in helping students develop essential skills that prepare them for college, careers, and civic participation.
The New York State constitutional requirement to provide all students the “opportunity for a sound basic education” demands that all schools include a sufficient and up-to-date library media center providing a sufficient number of books and up-to-date instructional technology and software.
Our team prepared a brief, user-friendly summary of students’ school-level, library-related rights<http://educationalequityblog.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/school_libraries_kyr_3-6.pdf> because we believe that ALL parents, students, community members, and other key stakeholders should be empowered with this knowledge and fully engaged in efforts to protect and expand our children’s educational opportunities. This handout is part of our growing Know Your Educational Rights series<http://www.equitycampaign.org/index.asp?Id=PUBLICATIONS&Info=Know+Your+Educational+Rights+Handouts>.
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The Campaign for Educational Equity
Librarians and school leaders can partner to create strategic technology purchasing and implementation plans, and librarians and educators are able to work together on technology integration when it comes to teaching and learning. School libraries, then, become critical to digital learning experiences.
Here’s the link to the full report from the Alliance for Excellent Education: http://all4ed.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/BeyondTheLibrary.pdf