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ERIC Number: EJ1036989
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
The Biggest Classroom in the Building
Kuon, Tricia; Flores, Juanita; Pickett, Janie
Phi Delta Kappan, v95 n7 p65-67 Apr 2014
This article asks a thought provoking question: Do school librarians matter? The statistics would seem to indicate that many decision makers in many schools believe school librarians and even school libraries are expendable, even though the school library is often the largest classroom in a school. To start, school librarians are technology experts. They are trained to know how to use the newest technologies. They know all about iPads, iPods, e-readers, smartboards, apps, and web sites. They know how to create web sites, wikis, prezis, blogs, and vlogs. A school librarian can provide myriad resources to educators, including books, DVDs, periodicals, technology, instruction in how to use that technology, plus knowledge of how to research online and off-line. If you need a resource, you might want to check with your school librarian. If they don't have it, they can probably get it for you. As a resource provider, teacher, and technology expert, the school librarian can provide professional development about a variety of topics. Librarians can open the largest classroom in the building for 24-hour student access. He or she also can provide resources for any and all lessons, including Common Core needs, and the librarian can be a go-to person for professional development. Learning today is information-fueled. Librarians are great filling stations to provide that fuel to students, teachers, and the entire campus. Librarians instruct information consumers to evaluate and apply information in ethical ways to build knowledge. The resources that supply the information are managed, explained, and made accessible by librarians who apply instructional strategies for effective learning. Libraries staffed with certified librarians in many schools hold unexploited potential to raise achievement and meet the more rigorous demands of the Common Core.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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