Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Nation Without School Librarians


(click above for interactive map)
"This map marks the cities, towns, communities, and states that have made the decision to either eliminate certified school library positions (indicated in blue) or require one school librarian to work with two (2) or more school library programs throughout the week (indicated in red).

Although hundreds of studies show the impact that School Librarians have on student achievement, these school districts
believe otherwise.

Let's compare the student achievement scores without a school librarian in a year or so to discover what thousands of library supporters already knew.

School Librarians DO make a difference!
"

a Google Maps Project created by Shonda Brisco - Assistant Professor / Curriculum Materials Librarian - Oklahoma State University

Shonda...thank you so much for your passion, time, and talent to create this visual epitaph for the sad passing of vibrant learning and support for kids in our nation's schools. this map brings tears to my eyes and a burning desire to rip off those little pins and maybe stick some people with them! ~Gwyneth

But Nancy White said it best....
  • "In these schools, who will teach the children how to effectively search for information?
  • In these schools, who will teach them how to discern the good information from the questionable?
  • In these schools, who will model for the children how to persist in their information-seeking tasks?
  • In these schools, who will select engaging books that can capture the imagination of students and promote a lifelong joy of reading? …"
The situation is dire....our students need us! As always, i long to hear your thoughts and comments Dear Readers!
Here's the embeded Map for those of you who like that!

View A Nation Without School Librarians in a larger map

International Reader shout-out goes to our dear 10 readers in Sweden!
Tack för att du besöker min blogg!
I just finished the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and now I long to visit your country!
I promise no hacking!~ LOL




photo credits: Map created by Google and Shonda Brisco, Shonda picture from the TL Ning, Nancy White photo by the Colorado Association of Libraries

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