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Schools with a strong school library program and a certified school librarian ensure their students have the best chance to succeed. More than 60 education and library research studies have produced clear evidence that school library programs staffed by qualified school librarians have a positive impact on student academic achievement. These studies clearly demonstrate that strong school library programs help all students do better academically, even when other school variables are considered. Students who don’t speak English at home can be among those who benefit the most.
- School library programs foster critical thinking, providing students with the skills they need to analyze, form, and communicate ideas in compelling ways.
- School libraries are places of opportunity. They are learning hubs and homework help centers where students use technology and the latest information resources, preparing them to succeed in our global, competitive economy and the ever-evolving workplace.
- Strong school library programs instill confidence in reading in multiple formats, which is fundamental to learning, personal growth and enjoyment.
- School libraries foster a safe and nurturing climate during the day and before and after school. They are often the one place in the school that is open to all students, and where a school librarian cares and can support students across grade levels and subject matter.
Many states and school districts have adopted the Common Core State Standards. (Unfamiliar with the standards? A three-minute video can give you the big idea.) These standards were developed and adopted because of wide-spread awareness that many high school graduates do not have the skills they need to be successful in college and careers. The standards emphasize the importance of reading comprehension and of finding information and using it effectively.
School library programs led by certified school librarians are essential components of an education that helps students learn and grow to meet the Common Core State Standards, as well as the American Association of School Librarians’ standards for 21st-century learners. For a very detailed look at the school librarian’s role in implementation of the Common Core State Standards, go here.
School libraries can be gateways to important information about colleges and careers. For example, school librarians know about resources (like those available here) to help students assess their own interests and find careers that match those interests. Well-equipped school libraries enable all students to explore those resources—even students who have no access to the Internet at home.