Importance of Libraries


Why Are School Libraries So Important?

"As more schools infuse technology into the day-to-day practice of teaching and learning, librarians have emerged as instructional experts through the practice of curating digital content, introducing innovative technology tools, and instructing students and faculty on the use of these cutting-edge and valuable resources. Overseeing books, managing print collections, and shushing users are no longer common practice in school libraries. Today’s libraries are filled with 3D printers, digital media labs, and classes solving real-world problems in creative and collaborative ways through the integration of standards. And the librarians are there at the students’ and teachers’ points of need to help integrate all types of technologies and literacies into their learning and instruction.

Librarians have the skills, dispositions, and focus to find and share the most credible, resource-rich (and often free) technology tools available with everyone. We also work daily with integrating technology into the standards, whether it is the Common Core State Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards, the C3 Social Studies Framework, the new ISTE Standards, or our own school’s competencies.  And this work contributes to more effective teaching and learning every day, in every class, and with every student."

                                                      ~ Pam Harland, 2016
                                                         AASL, Knowledge Quest