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Librarians, Libraries, Serendipity And Passion


A call to action by someone who knows first-hand the needs of students to have access to a vibrant school library program.

As technology becomes more and more integrated into education, and less and less money is spent on not only IT but professional development for teachers and tech ed for students, who is left to pick up the slack? Teacher-Librarians are, at least for schools that are lucky enough to have them. The worst thing we as educators can do to ensure that our students are not prepared for the challenges of the 21st century is to perpetuate the myth that "kids are so good at technology". They aren't, and they need to be taught how to use technology for more than consumerism. In districts that can't afford computer programing or computer skills classes, Teacher-Librarians can bridge the gap between traditional education and the skills needed for the 21st century by providing professional development for teachers and skill lessons for students.

True words spoken eloquently by a woman who knows the struggles of teacher librarians and the challenges facing California schools.

Well written and well said. We should be protecting school libraries and public libraries with everything we have. It's not about money anymore, it's about protecting the our intellectual posterity.


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