Why are school libraries essential?

NJASL School Libraries Video

(Video courtesy of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians)

Student Achievement

More than 60 education and library research studies have produced clear evidence that school library programs staffed by qualified school librarians have a positive impact on student academic achievement.  Read more.

College and Career Readiness

Today’s K–12 students will compete for jobs in a global economy. Many of those jobs haven’t been invented yet. To keep up with evolving technology and job markets, today’s students will need to be good readers and lifelong learners who can gather, evaluate, and use information to create new knowledge. School librarians teach these skills. Read more.

Lifelong Learners

Imagine a place where all students feel welcome and encouraged to grow and learn. That space is the school library. School libraries provide more than just books, computers and other technology, databases of accurate information, e-books, plus fun and educational activities. School libraries provide a safe haven for all students to think, create, share, and grow. School libraries can be the hub of learning and the favorite spot for many students.  Read more.

Students’ Success Endangered

In the past eight years many school library budgets have been slashed or eliminated. In too many districts school librarians’ jobs have also been cut. Of course, district officials and school administrators must make tough choices when tax revenue falls. However, school libraries are not “frills.” School libraries, under the direction of a certified school librarian, have been linked to improved student achievement levels. In addition, students need to develop the information-literacy skills that school librarians model and teach. Certified school librarians make the whole school more effective. They teach students how to learn and help teachers drive student success.  Read more.