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Four ways to advocate for school libraries

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
October 23rd, 2014

Libraries and librarians are essential to teacher and student learning–here’s how to support them

school-librariansIf school librarians want to make a case for library funding, they must demonstrate how they help students learn and prove that they build collaborative instructional partnerships with classroom teachers.

Libraries often suffer financially when school administrators are forced to make budget cuts, often because administrators might still have outdated views regarding what the school library actually does.

Librarians have specialized and varied training, but often, that training does not help direct funding to the school library unless administrators see how libraries benefit student learning, said Michelle Luhtala, head librarian at New Canaan High School (Conn.), during a Connected Educator Month edWeb webinar about making the case for school libraries.

(Next page: Four strategies to support school librarians)