Okay, so that was basically a disclaimer before I go on with what I really want to talk about in this post. Libraries. Some people do not think we need them anymore, at least not in schools. Considering my profession, I am a bit biased on this topic. You know, job security, bills to pay, a son to raise and all that. Seriously, though, school libraries (and qualified librarians) are still essential to education. I could try to coherently string my thoughts together regarding why I think they are important, but the argument has been made much more eloquently than I ever could.
Joyce Valenza recently responded to a suggestion that libraries and teacher-librarians be down-sized with this blog post. Don't take my word for it that school libraries are essential and that teacher-librarians are important educators. Read hers and then look around and make up your own mind.