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The best way to help you understand the value of Teacher Librarians is to read the following quotes from a variety of professionals:

  1. “Where most schools would leap at the chance to improve test scores even one per cent, a qualified library team and
    resources can bring scores up by 3 to 15 percent regardless of economic or social
    Keith Curry Lance
    Globe and Mail, May 22, 2002

  2. Our findings identified an association between school library staffing and student achievement on large-scale measures of reading achievement. Of even more interest was the finding of associations between school library staffing and students’
    attitudes towards reading. Children in schools with a professionally staffed teacher librarian had more
    positive attitudes towards reading.
    Blackett/Klinger, OLA report 2006

  3. “. . . school libraries and teacherlibrarians contribute to achievement, literacy and culture.” Ken Haycock, Ed.D. The Crisis in Canada’s Schools, June 2003

  4. “It’s always a daily challenge trying to fit in my Prep coverage responsibilities with what I know I should be doing as a Teacher-Librarian. It’s very disheartening when I think of the little value that is placed on my position by the school board. Do they not read the research which has shown how vital Teacher-Librarians are to their school community?”
    Beth DesRochers, Teacher Librarian
    Penetanguishene, Ontario

  5. “. . . the neglect of Canadian school libraries comes precisely at a time when many countries around the world are aggressively investing or reinvesting in these very facilities.”
    Ken Haycock, Ed.D.
    The Crisis in Canada’s Schools, June 2003

  6. “Library programs . . . promote the development of information literacy skills among all students by supporting and coordinating the collaborative planning and implementation of reading programs, inquiry and research tasks, and independent study.”
    The Ontario Curriculum Grades 9 to 12 – Program
    Planning and Assessment

  7. “Excellent teacher-librarians are essential to ensure that all young people have access to reading materials that will help
    them become literate, and school libraries must be the centre of any plan to improve reading and literacy.”
    J. H. Yoo, The Educational Impact of the School
    Library. ERIC Document ED 417 736. 1998

  8. “I speak from a wide experience of school libraries. The good ones all have teacher-librarians. Students and teachers
    benefit, the system benefits, the world benefits.”
    Richard Scrimger, Author, Ontario

  9. “Kids need school librarians to teach them how to find the information they’re seeking, how to read it critically once they have it and how to fit it into the context of what they already know. In other words, they need libraries and librarians to help them learn to think. But instead of spending money on libraries, we’re slashing budgets and reducing staff.”
    Kim Pittaway, Author
    “Broad Side”, Chatelaine, October 2002

  10. “The role played by teacher-librarians goes beyond just keeping the library open. They have an overview of the curriculum, and they work with teachers to ensure that library materials support curriculum and to choose appropriate resources for use in the classroom. They also teach children research skills, how to write papers and how to use computers and the
    People for Education

  11. “Reading, and the ability to use information effectively, are the very foundations of a well-educated democracy, a healthy economy and a robust national culture. The research clearly demonstrates that school libraries and teacher libraries are a key part of this equation. So why are they being neglected in one of the richest countries in the world?”Ken Haycock, Ed.D.

  12. “Turns out—big surprise—that there’s a direct correlation between the quality of a school’s library and the academic
    performance of that school’s students.”
    Kim Pittaway, Author
    “Broad Side”, Chatelaine, October 2002

  13. “PISA 2000 concludes that where student use of resources, such as the school library, computers and Internet, is
    relatively high, mean reading scores tend to be higher, even when other factors are discounted.”
    (Programme for International Student Assessment
    2000, OECD)

  14. “In Oregon, reading test scores rise with the development of school library media programs. The relationship is not
    explained away by other school or community conditions.”
    Keith Curry Lance, M. J. Rodney & C. Hamilton-Pennell, Good Schools Have Good Librarians: Oregon School Librarians Collaborate
    to Improve Academic Achievement. 2001

  15. “[Students who score higher on] tests tend to come from schools which have more library resource staff and more
    books, periodicals and videos, and where the instructional role of the teacherlibrarian and involvement in cooperative
    program planning and teaching is more prominent.”
    Keith Curry Lance, et al.
    The Impact of School Library Media Centers on
    Academic Achievement

  16. “In research done in nine states and over 3300 schools since 1999, the positive impact of the school library program is
    consistent. [They] make a difference in academic achievement.
    Keith Curry Lance & David V.Loertscher