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In this new report "Anticipating the Post-COVID Pivot for School Librarians" author Beth Thomas reviews recent and historic studies and surveys of the impact and importance of school librarians and makes a compelling argument for administrators and policymakers to follow. "For almost thirty years, dozens of national studies have shown a direct correlation between access to a strong school library program and student achievement," writes Thomas. "Despite this evidence, the number of school librarians in the U.S. has continued to decline. As we are forced to reckon with the consequences of widespread misinformation and disinformation, now is the time to reinvest in school library programs."
We are in a pivotal moment in education policy in the United States. As we enter a third school year impacted by COVID-19, we do so with unprecedented pandemic relief funding from the federal government. As school districts across the nation decide how to spend the ARP/ESSER funds, education vendors and consultants will be promising quick fixes to the issues that students and teachers will face. One proven solution for student success needs to be available to students in every school and district: a certified school librarian.
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About the Author
Beth Thomas has been a School Library Media Specialist at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School (NJ) since 2001 and is the Immediate Past President of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians.
Published January 2022