The Utah Library Association is greatly concerned about the recent news that the Ogden School District plans to terminate the positions of many full-time media specialist/librarians.
School Librarians make essential contributions to schools by teaching lessons in reading, critical thinking, research skills, information literacy, and technological competencies. The presence of full-time school librarians in schools has been linked to improved standardized test scores and greater student achievement.
Multiple studies showing the benefits of full-time School Librarians are available on Library Research Service’s School Library Impact Studies page: http://www.lrs.org/data-tools/school-libraries/impact-studies/
Fully staffed school library programs are a cost-effective way to support students as they become lifelong learners. The Utah Library Association urges the Ogden School District to reconsider this decision.
For more information, contact
Utah Library Association President
Salt Lake County Library System
8339 West 3500 South
Magna, UT 84044
Work Phone: 801 944-7626
Utah Library Association School Library Section Chair
435-755-2380 ext. 5220