An opinion piece
by Gary Hartzell
First results from PA’s IMLS-funded 21st century school library infrastructure study (includes an excellent presentation entitled “School Library Staffing & PSSA Reading & Writing Scores”)
An excellent article by Dianne Oberg in the Spring 2012 Edition of Education Canada: Ignoring the Evidence: Another Decade of Decline for School Libraries
from “Have Your Say” Winnipeg Free Press, Edition 13/09/2011:
The best link of all:
This letter concerns the cutting of funds to libraries in Toronto and the future impact such a move may make on libraries throughout Canada.
I am an Internet addict. I am on the Internet at least four hours per day reading and learning about world issues, history, different cultures, art and science.
These are subjects that commonly one would, and still can, venture into a library to research. While the way we share information continues to change and libraries may no longer be the go-to place for many young people such as myself, there is no website that can replace the value of a good librarian.
Librarians are professionals educated in the art of research. They not only know how to help anyone who may need to write an essay, work on a project or simply want to learn more about a subject, but they truly care about their roles in doing so.
Even in a world where we can type a word into a box and magically discover hundreds of pages of information relating to a subject, the understanding and intelligence of fellow educated human beings have proven invaluable to an Internet junkie such as myself.
Terrific campaign using social media and reverse psychology campaign to prevent cuts. Here is a short video how they did it: