Friday, January 3, 2014

ALA president advocates importance of school librarians

Mug shot: American Library Association 2013-2014 President Barbara Stripling
Barbara Stripling
In her column for the January/February 2014 edition of American Libraries, American Library Association President Barbara Stripling outlines essential services and life-changing benefits provided by school librarians:

  • A culture of literacy
  • A culture of inquiry
  • Social and emotional growth
  • Creativity and imagination and
  • Thoughtful use of technology.

It’s inspiring reading for this Educational Assistant in an elementary school library. Stripling has my appreciation for her regular emphasis on the importance of school libraries and librarians — and so much more so now that I am in this profession.

Barbara K. Stripling, the assistant professor of practice at Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y., was elected in 2012 by ALA members to serve as 2013-2014 president.

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