During this unprecedented time of both state and district budget issues, California School Libraries advocate for equality: access to resources, access to technology, the same chance for literacy and the same opportunity to receive a world-class education.
Strong School Libraries affect student achievement.
A strong school library program is one that provides
- A full-time teacher librarian and a full time paraprofessional.
- A robust, up-to-date collection of digital, print and media resources with a budget to support it.
- Liberal access to the library's facilities, technology, and resources.
Information skills are more important than ever in the dramatically widening landscape of new technologies where teaching students critical thinking to identify, evaluate and use information ethically are increasingly important to help insure that all graduates are college-prepared and career ready.
Over 60 research studies throughout the nation have shown that "students in schools with good school libraries learn more, get better grades, and score higher on standardized tests than their peers in schools without libraries. Douglas Achterman's study found that the greater the number of library services offered, the higher students' scores tended to be."