Frequently asked questions
Research has shown that professionally managed school libraries improve student achievement, supporting every aspect of the academic program, including: literacy, STEM subjects, social-emotional learning, students with special needs and English Language Learners. Librarians teach essential research skills and information literacy.
The internet is full of misinformation. Students need to be taught how to tell fact from fiction, how to most effectively search for information, and how to find credible sources. School librarians are trained to teach information literacy.
It’s not always possible for adults to accompany students to the public library. Quality school libraries are open every school day before school and after school and are just down the hall from every student’s classroom, providing access to books and technology every day.
The public library’s mission is not based on a school curriculum. School library collections are intended to connect to the curriculum students are learning every day. School librarians see students every day. They are experts in children’s literature and curriculum. They collaborate with teachers and teach students information literacy.
School funding for Oakland public school libraries changes all the time. The best way to find out if your child’s school has a library is to call your school and ask these questions:
- Does your school have a school library?
- How many days and hours is your library open each week?
- Is your library managed by a professional librarian, library technician or a clerk?
School librarians are professionals who dedicate themselves to understanding literature and non-fiction materials written for students. They develop library collections of on-line and printed materials that support curriculum and inspire a love of reading. They are experts in teaching students about how to find accurate information and provide valuable support to classroom teachers.
Teacher Librarians have two credentials, a teaching credential and a library services credential. Teacher-Librarians understand curriculum and work collaboratively with classroom teachers. Librarians also provide technology training to teachers.
A library technician has earned a two year certificate in library science. They are trained to handle administrative tasks in the library and, under the supervision of a librarian, can be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the library.