Increasing Awareness of the 21st Century Librarian

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Education Committee Hearing


On August 30th, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Education Committee along with five testifiers came together at Perkiomen Valley High School for a hearing to discuss and highlight the role of the 21st century librarian.

Speakers included:
Allison Burrell – K-12 librarian for the Southern Columbia Area School District and President of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss – Superintendent of Salisbury Twp. School District

Kelly Gustafson – Coordinator of Elementary Education, Federal Programs, and Instruction for Greensburg Salem School District

Dr. Cathi Fuhrman – Library Department Supervisor for Hempfield High School, Pennsylvania School Librarians Association member

Megan Maloney – Kutztown University Library Sciences Major
Pennsylvania State Representative Steve McCarter referred to the hearing as “one of the highlights” of his time in the legislature.

Watch theĀ hearing in full here.


Even in the iPhone age, School Librarians are a Vital Link to Learning

Originally presented as her testimony before the House Education Committee, PSLA President Allison Burrell expresses how librarians play an instrumental role in schools in her op-ed published by PennLive on October 24th. As Allison conveyed to the House Education Committee, “school district budgets are tightly stretched, but 21st century school library programs, led by certified school librarians, have the ability to positively impact every part of a school district.”

Read more on how, even in the iPhone age, school librarians are a vital link to learning.


Creating Future Ready Students

PSLA member and Hempfield School District library department supervisor Dr. Cathi Fuhrman discusses how her school district’s library program is an integral and essential component of the district’s success. Cathi also formatted this piece from her testimony presented at the House Education Committee Hearing.

Learn more about how Cathi’s school district utilizes its library program to create Future Ready students.


The Need for Librarians in the Digital World

Allentown School Board member and retired Parkland School District teacher Audrey Mathison highlights the critical need for 21st century librarians and school libraries in her op-ed published by the Allentown Morning Call on November 9th. Audrey conveys the important role librarians played in her 40-year teaching career and how that role evolved “in the heyday of the print culture” to today, where we can research everything just by Googling.

Read more about how librarians influenced Audrey’s teaching career here.

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