Information for Parents and Students
about School Libraries in HISD
School Librarians are Learning Leaders
American Association of School Librarians Resources
NEW!!! 2017 AASL National School Library Standards.
Be sure your campus librarian and principal KNOW to buy it now - and the APP for quick reference when you visit your libraries.
PARENTS will want to check the Standards website for videos, and more so that they can ASK, ASK, ASK for the library they should have.
IDEA: Support your librarian to membership in AASL for MEMBER PRICING OF ALL Standards products. Membership includes our professional journal and listserv as well as webinars for best [professional growth tools.
PARENTS will want to READ the AASL Standards Framework for Learners in printable PDF. This content can also be purchased in packets of 10 to share with campus and district leadership.
Request THAT the Librarian embed the Learner competencies into library and collaborative lesson plans.
AASL 2016-17 Presidential Initiative
Resources ABOUT School and School Library ADMINSTRATORS
"School Librarians as Learning Leaders." AASL, Apr. 2017. This is the AASL web page that shows the full breadth of Audrey's Presidential Initiative.
"School Librarians as Learning Leaders: #SchoolLibrariansTransformStudentLearning." by Audrey Church. KQ, AASL, 19 June 2017. This blog post links to ALL of Audrey's Presidential Initiative tools.
Church, Audrey. "If You Invite a Legislator to the Library…." KQ, AASL, 17 Mar. 2017.
Articles of Interest for Parents and Students
Oh, Erin Wilkey. "10 Reasons Librarians Are More Important Than Ever." Common Sense Education, 11 Apr. 2017, .
Kachel, Debra. "Who should teach our kids the difference between real and fake news? Our librarians." Penn Live, PA Media Group, 10 Feb. 2017.
ISD Editorial Board. "Editorial: Support Our K-12 School Librarians." Iowa State Daily [Ames], 6 Apr. 2017.
Cox, Robin Overby. "How to Kill a School Library: 10 Easy Steps." School Library Journal, 4 Dec. 2013. This may have an older date, but it is still right on target.
"Are Librarians the Key to a Future Ready School?" by Meris Stansbury. Transform Your School Library, Mackin, Dec. 2016.
Whitehead, Tiffany. “Top Ten Things Your Librarian Can Do For You.” (EveryLibrary Facebook page, Aug. 1, 2016) An infographic.
Roncevic, Mirela. “Are you a ‘reader’ when listening to an audiobook? Yes, of course.” (No Shelf Required blog, June 20, 2016)
McGill-Franzen , Anne; Natalia Ward, Maria Cahill. “ Summers: Some Are Reading, Some Are Not! It Matters.” (The Reading Teacher 69(6) 2016)
Barack, Lauren. “Study Ties College Success to Students’ Exposure to a High School Librarian.” (SLJ Digital Shift blog, Sept. 19 2014 )
AASL. Position Statement on the School Librarian's Role in Reading. (AASL website, Revised, Sept. 1, 2010) Also look at related School Librarian’s Role in Reading Toolkit, linked in this document.
East Early Students Declare their Right to School Libraries (East Early College YouTube channel, April 16, 2016)
villagegreennj. “Op Ed: School Librarians are Essential to Student Achievement.” (The Village Green of Maplewood & South Orange, April 20, 2016)
Polos, Susan. “View: School Librarians Serve the Whole Child.” (Lohud, The Journal News, March 26, 2016)
Students Learn Better When Schools Keep Libraries. The TakeAway. by John Hockenberry. A radio interview with Sara Kelly Johns. (WNYC Radio and PRI, 16 July 2015). This interview happened in response to Debra Kachel's - listed next.piece about the losses of school libraries across the country
Kachel, Debra. "The Calamity of Disappearing School Libraries." (The Conversation US. 13 July 2015). The interview opens with a few great listener quotes on how the campus library was important to their maturation, and follows with Kelly Johns furthering the awareness of the good that comes from strong school libraries.
Hansen, Sidra. “Student Article: Not Just a Room with Books” (Lakeside High School, Hot Springs AR) (Library Media Tech Talk, January 14, 2015)
School Libraries – Reinvented? Building a Culture of Collaboration to support student and educator success! by Judi Moreillon (Edublogs, 5 Jan. 2015).
"School Libraries Not What They Used to Be" by Paul Schott (Greenwich Time, January 31, 2015).
Sense and Sensibility: Why Librarians Remain Essential to Our Schools by Yohuru Williams (Huff Post Education, The Blog, Jan. 2, 2015)
Judi Moreillon's REBUTTAL to School Libraries Reinvented (linked below): School Libraries - Reinvented (posted Jan. 5, 2015)
Top 10 of 2014, No. 1: Libraries, reinvented with links to 5 related articles. (eSchool News, Daily Tech News and Innovation, January 2, 2015)
Available in booklet format for printing as well as full-page format with internal bookmarks for desktop access, this 2018 project offers all stakeholders a visual guide to the multi-faceted skill set of certified school librarians. Please share widely!
Author Cynthia Ramos is an HISD librarian and parent.
Ramos, Cynthia. “School Libraries for EQUITY: Do What’s Right for ALL Our Students.” (TASLTalks blog, June 1, 2016)
Look at articles about research demonstrating the importance of strong school libraries to strong student achievement.