Talking Points for the School Library Books and Electronic Resources Proposal

  • Pressure on school library budgets from the new Common Core Standards
Any time curriculum standards are updated, the teacher librarian must assess the school library’s collection of resources and purchase new materials to support classroom teachers in teaching, and students in learning, the new curriculum content.

  • Demand on school library budgets for e-book purchases
Books in digital format are here to stay and demand is increasing at a rapid rate. School libraries need to stay current in both print and e-book formats.

  • Requirements of World Language Immersion Programs place stress on school library budgets
In a growing number of elementary schools across Utah, young children are learning Spanish, Mandarin, and French. These immersion programs need supporting resources in the school library.

  • Demands for resources to meet the reading needs of non-English speaking students
Children who struggle to learn to speak and read in English are in danger of becoming illiterate in two languages without books in their native language,.

  • There is disparity in what districts spend on school library books and other resources.
For example, one district spends $2.85 per student on books, while a neighboring district spends $10.00. This is, perhaps, due to a heavy reliance on textbooks or the Internet as a primary source of information.

  • Quality resources are essential in enabling classroom teachers and teacher librarians to instill analytical and critical thinking reading skills.
Students need current, accurate, authoritative and inviting resources, which are written in good literary style and at reading levels appropriate to students’ comprehension.

  • These school library resources are needed to help prepare students in content reading skills and general analytical reading skills for college level work, or entry into a career.

We cannot expect students to become readers and critical thinkers without the support of school libraries.