6. More information is available online now. Couldn’t we budget fewer dollars for the library?
Without a decent budget we cannot provide the quality or quantity of resources that our students and teaching staff deserve access to both on and off campus. “The school library is the school’s physical and virtual learning commons where inquiry, thinking, imagination, discovery, and creativity are central to students’ information-to-knowledge journey, and to their personal, social and cultural growth” (Todd 2009). Learning does not end with the school day, and neither should access to quality school library resources and services. Students are always exploring and engaging with new information, and not always with good information resources. In addition to curating quality resources for the library, the school librarian teaches learners how to learn so that they can navigate and evaluate information inside and outside of school.