(click above for interactive map)A Nation Without School Librarians
"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 hot unshed tears to my eyes and a burning desire to rip off those #$@$@ little pins! ~Gwyneth
But Nancy White
said it best....
The situation is dire....our students need us!
- "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? …"
photo credits: Map created by Google and Shonda Brisco, Shonda picture from the TL Ning, Nancy White photo by the Colorado Association of Libraries
Tags: a nation without school librarians, google maps, nancy white, shonda brisco