[library-media] NCLIS Supports Certified Library Media Specialists

Fawn Morgan fmorgan@dsdmail.net
Sat, 07 Jul 2007 14:37:02 -0600


Library Friends,

Thanks to Donna for sending a copy of the press release.  This is good =
news.  Because the state library is very proficient at sending out news =
releases, the major newspapers in Utah will have received this report.  =
Right after the 4th of July is an ideal time to send to newspaper editors, =
district administrations, school administrations, and school boards a =
reminder of the connection between school libraries, literacy, and life =
skills needed by future citizens of this country.  What better time than =
during your summer vacation to send the message?

Happy July! Hope you are able to avoid those fires, especially thinking of =
you in Utah and Duchesne Counties right now.

Fawn
Layton High


>>> "Donna Morris" <dmorris@utah.gov> 07/03/07 9:48 AM >>>
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

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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

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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


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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
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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