[Library Media] Research Shows Closing School Libraries and Cutting Certified Librarians Does Not Make Sense

Fawn Morgan fawnbmorgan at gmail.com
Sat Jul 26 20:53:29 MDT 2014


George

I like your idea to gather testimonials from students. That would be a good
addition to the existing game plan for many school, district level, and
state level library support organizations.

Fawn


On Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 4:24 PM, <georgeweight at integrity.com> wrote:

> Some of you may remember that this issue was a chief concern during my
> years on the UELMA Board, including my year as President (now somewhat in
> the distant past). I'm quite concerned that we seem to be circling back to
> that point. The "job description" when one looks at the technological
> trends have changed drastically since the time I was reassigned to "the
> classroom" and since retiring as a social studies teacher more than a
> decade ago.
>
> Nevertheless, I find the position to remain a critical one. I still visit
> Library Media Centers when I have a substitute teacher assignment and find
> that many needs are still needing to be met. But the Library staff, even
> when not professionally trained, are by in large trying to assist the
> students in the best way they can. For that, I congratulate all of you and
> encourage you to continue to keep up with current trends and training,
> along with your expert work with the students.
>
> That being said, can we all take a bit of time this coming school year to
> contact the powers of the purse and alert them to the important finds
> Sharon has outlined here? We found that when legislators were alerted to
> the needs, PARTICULARLY correspondence from students themselves who value
> their library media centers, they were more willing to listen.
>
> Thanks for all the good work you're continuing to do.
>
> George L. Weight
> Past President, UELMA
>
> >>From School Library Journal
> >
> > A substantial body of research—34 studies to be exact—known as the
> > “School
> > Library Impact Studies,† which includes data from 23 states and one
> > Canadian province, was summarized by Debra Kachel, project director of
> the
> > Pennsylvania School Library Project, et al (2013) at Mansfield
> University,
> > and provides a wealth of evidence about the positive correlation between
> > properly staffed and funded school libraries and improved student
> > achievement.
> >
> > “Although the effects of poverty still remain a primary force in
> > determining student academic success, state after state showed that such
> > socioeconomic conditions could not explain away the impact of school
> > library programs, especially school library staffing, funding, and
> quality
> > collections,† Kachel concludes
> > <http://sl-it.mansfield.edu/upload/MU-LibAdvoBklt2013.pdf>.
> >
> > Read full article at:
> >
> http://www.slj.com/2014/07/advocacy/letter-to-policy-makers-closing-school-libraries-does-not-make-sense/
> >
> > --
> > Sharon Deeds, Youth Services Coordinator/Consultant
> > Utah State Library Division
> > 250 N 1950 W  Suite A
> > Salt Lake City, UT 84116-7901
> > 801-715-6742
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