Kindergarten-Middle School 6–12

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Students whose library specialists played [an instructional] role—either by identifying materials to be used with teacher-planned instructional units or by collaborating with teachers in planning instructional units—tend to achieve higher average test scores.Lance, Welborn, and Hamilton-Pennell.

School Library Program Talking Points

Public Library Talking Points

  1. Students can get a head start on early reading success, if they are given opportunities to use public libraries. Students who are exposed to print-rich environments are more successful in school. And, they can go on to be successful lifelong learners, if that early boost is built upon by school library programs. | more
  2. Students learn 21st century learning skills through state-of-the-art school library programs. | more
  3. The school library program plays an important role in helping students get an overall conception of the information seeking process with all the different steps it contains. | more
  4. Interactions with a school librarian aid children and teens in becoming confident, competent, and independent learners. | more
  5. Students achieve more academically when their teachers and school librarians plan and deliver instruction collaboratively. | more
  6. Students are more likely to be successful academically if they have the benefit of library program led by a state-certified school librarian. | more
  7. Students’ academic success is fostered by a well-funded school library program. | more
  8. Students are more successful academically when their teachers benefit from professional development opportunities offered by their librarian colleagues. | more
  9. Disadvantaged students have a better chance of succeeding academically when they attend schools with strong library programs. | more
  10. Students learn how to evaluate and use information—not just how to find and access it—from school librarians. | more
  11. Students and their teachers make more effective use of the Internet and other digital resources after learning about them from school librarians. | more