Why We Still Need Librarians
In a recent report, Leading In and Beyond the Library,
by digital learning and technology consultants Mary
Ann Wolf and Rachel Jones, the following suggestions
were made for policymakers and boards of education:
* Envision the role of school librarians as extending
beyond the physical space of the library and being
more than the keepers of books and reference
materials and consider the critical knowledge and
skills that school librarians bring to the digital
* Consider how funding the role of the school
librarian is also supporting teachers, students, and
administrators in the digital learning transition.
* Recognize how the library and the technology within
the library are essential to providing students with access to the Internet and research
and learning guidance and to leveling the playing field for students without access to the
Internet or devices at home, especially outside of regular school hours.
This same report made the following suggestions for librarians:
* Share how the collaboration, professional development, and instruction provided by the
school librarian are integral to the digital learning transition.
* Continue learning to be leaders in the digital learning transition and experts who
can provide professional development, implement new tools and resources, and guide
teachers, students, and administrators.
* Lead and model the potential of the library itself as a hub of digital learning and
the connection to rich and diverse content, and create a makerspace designed and
positioned to meet the needs of students and teachers.