[library-media] NCLIS Supports Certified Library Media Specialists

Donna Morris dmorris@utah.gov
Tue, 03 Jul 2007 09:48:33 -0600


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Forwarded at the request of NCLIS.=20


News Release 7/2/07 can be also be viewed by linking to this URL:=20
http://www.nclis.gov/news/pressrelease/pr2007/NCLISNewsRelease-SupportCerti=
fiedL=20
ibraryMediaSpecialists2007-03.pdf=20

***************************=20
News Release=20
Contact:=20
Information Officer=20
1 202 606-9200=20
info@nclis.gov=20

For Immediate Release=20

NCLIS Support for State Certified School Librarians=20

Washington, DC USA July 02, 2007 --- Beth Fitzsimmons, Chairman of the U. =
S.=20
National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) has =
announced=20
that the Commission discu ssed the reauthorization of the No Child Left =
Behind=20
Act. During the Commission meeting, held June 4-5, 2007 in Washington, =
D.C.,=20
the Commission addressed the clear link between school library media =
programs=20
and student achievement.=20

"As we search for ways to improve the academic achievement of our =
nation's=20
children, we must understand the fundamental contribution school libraries =
make=20
to student learning outcomes," Dr. Fitzsimmons said.=20

"Based on analysis from the first year funding for the Improving =
Literacy=20
through School Library Programs of NCLB, the program has been remarkably=20=

successful," she said. "95% of local education agencies have reported=20
increases in their reading scores and according to the Department of=20
Education's November 2005 evaluations, found it has also been successful =
in=20
improving the quality of school libraries."=20

"From our perspective," she continued, "a critical part of the comprehensiv=
e=20
and renewed strategy to ensure that students learn to read and are =
effective=20
users of information and ideas, is the requirement that every school have =
a=20
school library and that school libraries be staffed by highly qualified, =
state=20
certified school library media specialists."=20

"We have informed the President and Congress of the Commission's Resolution=
=20
advising them to provide adequate resources in the No Child Left Behind =
Act=20
reauthorization supporting this need."=20

Chairman Fitzsimmons said the Commission was heartened by the bi-partisan=
=20
legislation introduced in the House and Senate on June 27, 2007. "The =
SKILLS=20
Act (Strengthening Kid's Interest in Learning & Libraries), sponsored =
by=20
Senators Jack Reed and Thad Cochran and Representatives Raul Grijalva =
and=20
Vernon Ehlers, was an essential step in ensuring that students across =
this=20
country have the resources and support they need."=20

The SKILLS Act reauthorizes and strength ens the Improving Literacy =
through=20
School Library Programs of the No Child Left Behind Act.=20

In addressing these critical library resources, Chairman Fitzsimmons noted =
that=20
Representative Grijalva's remarks introducing the legislation clearly=20
articulated the need. He stated, "school libraries often serve as a =
second=20
classroom" and "our children are losing out on qualified professionals =
trained=20
to collaborate with teachers and engage students meaningfully with =
information=20
that matters to them both in the classroom and the real world."=20

At the NCLIS meeting in June, the following resolution was approved by =
the=20
Commission:=20

Need for State Certified School Library Media Specialists=20

Whereas, in 2001, with strong bipartisan support, the nation embarked on =
an=20
ambitious school reform plan entitled the No Child Left Behind Act =
(NCLB),=20
requiring states to set high standards for all students and holds =
schools=20
accountable for the results; and=20

Whereas, NCLB requires that there be a "highly qualified" teacher in =
every=20
classroom resulting in significant changes in how teachers are hired =
and=20
retained as well as how professional development is provided; and=20

Whereas, Section 1119 of NCLB outlines the minimum qualifications needed =
by=20
teachers and paraprofessionals who work in any facet of classroom =
instruction=20
and requires that states develop plans to achieve the goal that all =
teachers of=20
core academic subjects be highly qualified by the end of the 2005-2006 =
school=20
year; and=20

Whereas, the more than 62,000 state certified school library media =
specialists=20
in public schools and 3,909 state certified school library media specialist=
s in=20
private schools in the United States fill multiple roles in K-12 schools =
-=20
teacher, instructional partner, information specialist, and program=20
administrator - ensuring that students and staff are effective users of=20
information and ideas; and=20

Whereas, multiple studies have affirmed a clear link between school =
library=20
media programs and student achievement when those libraries are staffed by =
an=20
experienced school library media specialist; and=20

Whereas, The Improving Literacy Through School Library program of NCLB =
(Title=20
I, Part B, Subpart 4, Sec. 1251) is designed to improve student literacy =
skills=20
and academic achievement by providing schools with up-to-date library=20
materials, including well-equipped, technologically advanced school =
library=20
media centers, and to ensure that school library media centers are staffed =
by=20
state certified school library media specialists; and=20

Whereas, based on analysis from the first year of funding for the =
Improving=20
Literacy Through School Libraries program, 95 percent of local education=20=

agencies have reported increases in their reading scores and The Department=
 of=20
Education's November 2005 evaluation o f the Improving Literacy Through =
School=20
Libraries program found it has been successful in improving the quality =
of=20
school libraries; and=20

Whereas, to be a critical part of a comprehensive and renewed strategy =
to=20
ensure that students learn to read every school library should be staffed =
by a=20
highly qualified, state certified school library media specialist and =
every=20
school should have a school library; and=20

Whereas, 2007 reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act is =
currently=20
being considered by Congress:=20
Now, be it therefore=20

RESOLVED, that the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information=20=

Science (NCLIS), respectfully advises the Congress that:=20

. schools be provided with adequate resources to provide up-to-date print =
and=20
non-print materials in all school library/media centers=20
. school library media specialists be added to the "highly qualified"=20
classification, and=20
. every school library be sta ffed by a highly qualified, state certified =
school=20
library media specialist.=20


ABOUT NCLIS=20

The U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) =
is a=20
permanent, independent agency of the Federal government charged by Public =
Law=20
91-345 to advise the President and Congress on national and international=
=20
library and information policies, to appraise and assess the adequacies =
and=20
deficiencies of library and information resources and services, and to =
develop=20
overall plans for meeting national library and information needs.=20

**************************=20

Kim=20
Kim A. Miller=20
Special Assistant - Technical=20
U.S. National Commission on Libraries & Information Science=20
1800 M Street, N.W.; Suite 350 North Tower=20
Washington, DC 20036-5841=20
202-606-9200; Fax: 202-606-9203=20
www.nclis.gov=20


=20
Donna Jones Morris, State Librarian
Director, Utah State Library Division
250 N 1950 W, Suite A
Salt Lake City Ut  84116-7901
801-715-6770 (phone) 801-715-6767 (fax)
1-800-662-9150 (in-Utah-WATS)
dmorris@utah.gov=20
=20
Donna Jones Morris, State Librarian
Director, Utah State Library Division
250 N 1950 W, Suite A
Salt Lake City Ut  84116-7901
801-715-6770 (phone) 801-715-6767 (fax)
1-800-662-9150 (in-Utah-WATS)
dmorris@utah.gov

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<DIV>Forwarded at the request of NCLIS. <BR><BR><BR>News Release 7/2/07 =
can be also be viewed by linking to this URL: <BR>http://www.nclis.gov/news=
/pressrelease/pr2007/NCLISNewsRelease-SupportCertifiedL <BR>ibraryMediaSpec=
ialists2007-03.pdf <BR><BR>*************************** <BR>News Release =
<BR>Contact: <BR>Information Officer <BR>1 202 606-9200 <BR>info@nclis.gov =
<BR><BR>For Immediate Release <BR><BR>NCLIS Support for State Certified =
School Librarians <BR><BR>Washington, DC USA July 02, 2007 --- Beth =
Fitzsimmons, Chairman of the U. S. <BR>National Commission on Libraries =
and Information Science (NCLIS) has announced <BR>that the Commission =
discu ssed the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind <BR>Act. During =
the Commission meeting, held June 4-5, 2007 in Washington, D.C., <BR>the =
Commission addressed the clear link between school library media programs =
<BR>and student achievement. <BR><BR>"As we search for ways to improve the =
academic achievement of our nation's <BR>children, we must understand the =
fundamental contribution school libraries make <BR>to student learning =
outcomes," Dr. Fitzsimmons said. <BR><BR>"Based on analysis from the first =
year funding for the Improving Literacy <BR>through School Library =
Programs of NCLB, the program has been remarkably <BR>successful," she =
said. "95% of local education agencies have reported <BR>increases in =
their reading scores and according to the Department of <BR>Education's =
November 2005 evaluations, found it has also been successful in <BR>improvi=
ng the quality of school libraries." <BR><BR>"From our perspective," she =
continued, "a critical part of the comprehensive <BR>and renewed strategy =
to ensure that students learn to read and are effective <BR>users of =
information and ideas, is the requirement that every school have a =
<BR>school library and that school libraries be staffed by highly =
qualified, state <BR>certified school library media specialists." =
<BR><BR>"We have informed the President and Congress of the Commission's =
Resolution <BR>advising them to provide adequate resources in the No Child =
Left Behind Act <BR>reauthorization supporting this need." <BR><BR>Chairman=
 Fitzsimmons said the Commission was heartened by the bi-partisan =
<BR>legislation introduced in the House and Senate on June 27, 2007. "The =
SKILLS <BR>Act (Strengthening Kid's Interest in Learning &amp; Libraries), =
sponsored by <BR>Senators Jack Reed and Thad Cochran and Representatives =
Raul Grijalva and <BR>Vernon Ehlers, was an essential step in ensuring =
that students across this <BR>country have the resources and support they =
need." <BR><BR>The SKILLS Act reauthorizes and strength ens the Improving =
Literacy through <BR>School Library Programs of the No Child Left Behind =
Act. <BR><BR>In addressing these critical library resources, Chairman =
Fitzsimmons noted that <BR>Representative Grijalva's remarks introducing =
the legislation clearly <BR>articulated the need. He stated, "school =
libraries often serve as a second <BR>classroom" and "our children are =
losing out on qualified professionals trained <BR>to collaborate with =
teachers and engage students meaningfully with information <BR>that =
matters to them both in the classroom and the real world." <BR><BR>At the =
NCLIS meeting in June, the following resolution was approved by the =
<BR>Commission: <BR><BR>Need for State Certified School Library Media =
Specialists <BR><BR>Whereas, in 2001, with strong bipartisan support, the =
nation embarked on an <BR>ambitious school reform plan entitled the No =
Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), <BR>requiring states to set high standards =
for all students and holds schools <BR>accountable for the results; and =
<BR><BR>Whereas, NCLB requires that there be a "highly qualified" teacher =
in every <BR>classroom resulting in significant changes in how teachers =
are hired and <BR>retained as well as how professional development is =
provided; and <BR><BR>Whereas, Section 1119 of NCLB outlines the minimum =
qualifications needed by <BR>teachers and paraprofessionals who work in =
any facet of classroom instruction <BR>and requires that states develop =
plans to achieve the goal that all teachers of <BR>core academic subjects =
be highly qualified by the end of the 2005-2006 school <BR>year; and =
<BR><BR>Whereas, the more than 62,000 state certified school library media =
specialists <BR>in public schools and 3,909 state certified school library =
media specialists in <BR>private schools in the United States fill =
multiple roles in K-12 schools - <BR>teacher, instructional partner, =
information specialist, and program <BR>administrator - ensuring that =
students and staff are effective users of <BR>information and ideas; and =
<BR><BR>Whereas, multiple studies have affirmed a clear link between =
school library <BR>media programs and student achievement when those =
libraries are staffed by an <BR>experienced school library media specialist=
; and <BR><BR>Whereas, The Improving Literacy Through School Library =
program of NCLB (Title <BR>I, Part B, Subpart 4, Sec. 1251) is designed to =
improve student literacy skills <BR>and academic achievement by providing =
schools with up-to-date library <BR>materials, including well-equipped, =
technologically advanced school library <BR>media centers, and to ensure =
that school library media centers are staffed by <BR>state certified =
school library media specialists; and <BR><BR>Whereas, based on analysis =
from the first year of funding for the Improving <BR>Literacy Through =
School Libraries program, 95 percent of local education <BR>agencies have =
reported increases in their reading scores and The Department of <BR>Educat=
ion's November 2005 evaluation o f the Improving Literacy Through School =
<BR>Libraries program found it has been successful in improving the =
quality of <BR>school libraries; and <BR><BR>Whereas, to be a critical =
part of a comprehensive and renewed strategy to <BR>ensure that students =
learn to read every school library should be staffed by a <BR>highly =
qualified, state certified school library media specialist and every =
<BR>school should have a school library; and <BR><BR>Whereas, 2007 =
reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act is currently <BR>being =
considered by Congress: <BR>Now, be it therefore <BR><BR>RESOLVED, that =
the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information <BR>Science =
(NCLIS), respectfully advises the Congress that: <BR><BR>. schools be =
provided with adequate resources to provide up-to-date print and <BR>non-pr=
int materials in all school library/media centers <BR>. school library =
media specialists be added to the "highly qualified" <BR>classification, =
and <BR>. every school library be sta ffed by a highly qualified, state =
certified school <BR>library media specialist. <BR><BR><BR>ABOUT NCLIS =
<BR><BR>The U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science =
(NCLIS) is a <BR>permanent, independent agency of the Federal government =
charged by Public Law <BR>91-345 to advise the President and Congress on =
national and international <BR>library and information policies, to =
appraise and assess the adequacies and <BR>deficiencies of library and =
information resources and services, and to develop <BR>overall plans for =
meeting national library and information needs. <BR><BR>*******************=
******* <BR><BR>Kim <BR>Kim A. Miller <BR>Special Assistant - Technical =
<BR>U.S. National Commission on Libraries &amp; Information Science =
<BR>1800 M Street, N.W.; Suite 350 North Tower <BR>Washington, DC =
20036-5841 <BR>202-606-9200; Fax: 202-606-9203 <BR>www.nclis.gov <HTTP: =
www.nclis.gov><BR><BR><BR></DIV>
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<DIV>Donna Jones Morris, State Librarian<BR>Director, Utah State Library =
Division<BR>250 N 1950 W, Suite A<BR>Salt Lake City Ut&nbsp; 84116-7901<BR>=
801-715-6770 (phone) 801-715-6767 (fax)<BR>1-800-662-9150 (in-Utah-WATS)<BR=
><A href=3D"mailto:dmorris@utah.gov">dmorris@utah.gov</A><BR></DIV>
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Division<BR>250 N 1950 W, Suite A<BR>Salt Lake City Ut&nbsp; 84116-7901<BR>=
801-715-6770 (phone) 801-715-6767 (fax)<BR>1-800-662-9150 (in-Utah-WATS)<BR=
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