Waking Up to the Impact of the School Librarian
Better utilizing the strengths of librarians for student achievement
Audrey Church is the 2016-2017 President of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. She believes today’s school librarian is multi-integrated; acting as teacher, instructional partner, information specialist, library administrator, and instructional leader.
Audrey points to the difficulty librarians often have in getting their message out and improving their district-wide impact across multiple schools. As president of AASL, one of Audrey’s main initiatives is to educate principals about the value proposition that librarians bring to student learning and achievement.
Audrey believes that the library is sometimes the best-kept secret and most underutilized learning resource in schools and districts. If she gets her way, the secret will not only be shared but better implemented across all school districts improving the learning lives of students everywhere.