Recent research has shown a link between strong library programs and higher reading scores, according to an article in the April 2004 issue of District Administration magazine. "The school library is one of the few factors whose contribution to academic achievement has been documented empirically," said researcher Keith Curry Lance speaking at the White House Conference on School Libraries in 2002.
Two Key Assets for the Best Library Program
But a school library crammed to the ceiling with books, computers and Internet access is just the beginning when it comes to improving student performance. The best library program shares two key assets:
A certified library media specialist whose technical skills are complemented by an enterprising attitude. Ideally, this professional has support staff who free up time for developing collections, collaborating with teachers, working with students, training school staff in effective use of information technologies, and establishing relationships with other libraries.
- A principal who recognizes today's librarian as a vital collaborator and supporter for classroom teachers. Such principals must give librarians and teachers the time, support and opportunities to work together if the library program is to have a significant effect on teaching, technology use and information literacy throughout the school.
In-service trainings led by the librarian can help teachers recognize and more fully use the library program to support instructional goals.
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Read the full text of the article on the District Administration web site.
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