Three school libraries are recognized in the popular media this week (in a brief article by Matthew Lynch in the Huffington Post), for their innovative and positive approaches to student learning.
The school libraries hail from these school districts:
- Ogden School District, Utah
- The Meadowbrook School of Weston, Massachusetts
- New Augusta South Elementary School, Indianapolis
Author and education contributor/writer Lynch identifies a major component – take-aways, he calls them – of each library’s successful program, including these:
- Librarians teach search skills that will become important lifelong habits for students, and libraries aren’t warehouses of books (Ogden)
- Library programs provide a unifying, common thread that connects content across disciplines (Meadowbrook)
- Libraries offer numerous ways of accessing library resources, in formats and spaces both physical and digital (New Augusta South)
“Librarians, information associates, media center specialists – call them what you want, but these professionals are just as important to student success as homeroom teachers and administrators.”
Like a reflex, I couldn’t help but scowl a little at the phrase,”call them what you want,” (because I agree with AASL’s position that the professional title of “school librarian” is “clear and presents a common nomenclature,”) but this is too positive a portrayal of today’s effective school libraries to get fussy, I think.
Does the title matter much here? What are other “take-aways” from successful school library programs?