The power of a librarian


When you think about who teaches students during the school day, the school librarian doesn’t always come to mind.  However, The South Carolina Association of School Librarians found that students were more likely to score in the highest percentile on standardized testing if the school librarian spent 20+ hours teaching per week.

Librarians are highly trained, completing a teaching certification, a master’s in library and information science and a National Board certification in library media.  They are experts in their field and have many valuable insights to provide both students and teachers alike.

Collaborating and planning lessons with the school librarian can help your students to become more successful in the classroom.  Here are 6 ways that you can get the librarian more involved in your classroom:

1.  Book Recommendations

Librarians can be a great resource when you are looking for reading materials that coincide with what is being taught in the class.  Many librarians also serve on book award committees, meaning they read hundreds of books every year to vote for a winner. They know all of the latest and greatest reading materials that you can include in your lesson plans.

2.  Databases and other reading materials

Librarians can help you find other reading materials such as scholarly articles, study results, or primary documents.  These documents can provide your students with valuable background information on a topic.

3.  Teaching research skills

Knowing how to do effective and worthwhile research is important to every student.  Having the school librarian teach your class how to conduct scholarly research will help them throughout their school career and beyond.

4.  Reading programs

Reading programs like 100 Book Challenge can help students improve their reading and comprehension skills all the while instilling in them a lifelong love of reading.  Librarians can be a fantastic help when designing reading programs and picking out reading materials. They can also help you set up reading and writing contests or book clubs.

5.  Reading and Study Strategies

Librarians are experts when it comes to being engaged while reading a text.  Have them teach your students reading and study strategies such as chunking difficult text, journaling while reading, looking up difficult words, and setting reading goals.

6.  Digital Literacy

Digital literacy is becoming increasingly more important in today’s digital landscape.  Librarians can teach students what sources they can trust and how they can determine if information is biased.

Story via Edutopia