Freeman, Joanna. “Beyond the Stacks: How Librarians Support Students and Schools.” American Educator 38, no. 4 (2014): 32-36.
Joanna Freeman describes her experiences in becoming a teacher librarian from a school librarian to advocate the importance of this role in education at a time in which school librarian positions are being cut from many school districts.
Freeman brings up many fantastic points in her article regarding the importance of keeping a trained librarian in elementary and secondary schools. She maintains that while the idea of a school library has changed over time due to technology changes, the focus of what a school librarian provides hasn’t changed at all. School librarians provide and assist both students and staff with “curriculum support, teaching research, technology skills, literature appreciation, information literacy, and internet awareness” (p. 33). Through her partnerships and collaboration with classroom teachers, she has changed the way she plans and orders materials to better supplement the school curriculum, participates in lesson plans and teaching, and has made the library the hub of her school. This article was quite inspiring for those that are trying to make their position as a school librarian indispensable.