I love my school. I love my school district. We do a lot of great things, and I am excited about the direction we are headed.
My biggest concern that we have at the district level is that we do not have librarians. We might have a half time one at the middle or high school (I’m not exactly sure), but our elementary libraries are staffed by secretaries that are in charge of running one elementary library in the morning and one in the afternoon. Part of their half day in my building is spent working in the office, so she is not even in the library half time. Thankfully, the one in my building,does an amazing job with what she does and what she has (I do not believe that she even has a budget).
I see the amazing things librarians are doing across the country, and I am jealous. I want that for my students. Every chance I get, I bring up getting a librarian. My principal and I talk about it weekly, I bring it up to our literacy coordinator monthly, and I mention it to our director of curriculum any chance that I get.
My good friend librarian, Mr. Schu Tweeted this link over the weekend: http://www.slj.com/2012/10/librarians/slj-summit-2012-full-time-school-librarians-boost-student-test-scores-in-reading-writing-says-pa-report/
I read the article and immediately emailed it to a whole bunch of people in my district (not the first librarian email I have sent). My director of curriculum responded with genuine interest.
He wanted to know the following: I’m thinking we’ll need to identify specifically what these librarians do that has such a significant impact on student learning/achievement.
This is where I need your help. I would like to flood him with: comments from this blog post, links of the amazing things you all are doing, research, comments on how librarians support teachers, Anything and everything that can help me convince a school district that a librarian is something that we desperately need.
Thank you for your help. Please share this post with anyone you think could help.