School Libraries Today

Senate Education Chairman Lloyd Smucker visits Manheim Township High School Library in Lancaster County

State Senator Lloyd Smucker of Lancaster County, the new Senate Education Committee Chairman, visited the Manheim Township High School Library on May 7, where he interacted with students and observed them conducting research. School librarian, Tod Harach, gave the senator a demonstration of the ACCESS PA database and an overview of the array of educational activities going on in the library. Senator Smucker, who was joined by PSLA President Michael Nailor, saw first hand how today’s libraries are active classrooms.

Senator Smucker

Left: Manheim Township Librarian Tod Harach (left) shows Senator Smucker activities in the high school library. Right: Senator Smucker learns about library research capabilities from a high school student.


‘School Administrator’ Magazine Highlights Role of School Librarians

School AdministratorThe School Superintendents Association magazine, School Administrator, has recognized that school libraries and librarians are essential. The school media center has come a long way from just the sole practice of checking out library books. Mobile County, Alabama public school media centers are now a hub of emerging technologies and a sanctuary for academic tools in research, information and educational support for both students and educators alike.

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Governor Wolf Talks Libraries in Budget Address

Governor Wolf

March 3, 2015 — Governor Tom Wolf mentions school libraries in his Budget Address.

In his first Budget Address, Governor Tom Wolf discussed the need for increased school funding. He specifically pointed out that 56 percent of Pennsylvania students do not have access to a full-time librarian.


The New Generation Of Research

Student Research SkillsWhile the digital age brings information from just a few clicks on a computer, it also brings mixed opinions and a variety of results while tested against a generation engulfed in a world of technology. The Advanced Placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) communities indulge into how today’s evolving digital environment is shaping research and writing habits of middle and high school students.


The Washington State School Library Impact Study 

How do certified teacher-librarians (CTLs) contribute to the increase of graduation rates, standardized test scores, student achievement and literacy skills? The 2014 Washington State School Library and Information Technology (WSLIT) program survey of public schools indulges into the relationship between quality school library programs staffed by certified teacher-librarians (CTLs) and student achievement.

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