May 22, 2011 in Letters, Opinion

Librarians teach, too

 

The article in the Friday paper that stated Mead School District is “putting librarians’ teaching credentials back to work” was inflammatory and inaccurate.

A certificated teacher-librarian is a trained classroom teacher with a specialized endorsement in learning resources. We teach classes every day. Our librarians have a district-approved curriculum that is aligned with national information literacy standards. We teach a variety of skills that are not taught in the general ed classroom, including Internet safety, how to locate, interpret and evaluate information from various print and electronic sources, and how to discern fact from fiction/opinion.

In addition, teacher librarians must be curriculum experts, able to collaborate with classroom teachers and provide resources that will supplement classroom materials.

Trish Henry

Spokane

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