How is your library catering to struggling and reluctant readers? Do you have plenty of audiobooks for dyslexic and dysgraphic kids who may read at a third grade level but understand just as well as any of their peers? Are your ESL students stuck with Dr. Seuss, or do you have a robust GN collection? How are you getting books into the hands of students over the summer? Do library fines keep students away? Maybe most importantly, how are you examining your data to see how these factors affect library use at your school?
Looking forward, librarians must embrace changing demographics and cultural sensitivity by advocating for all student groups. Challenges can be especially acute when dealing with student computer use. Librarians must be careful not to disenfranchise students by prioritizing certain kinds of recreational computer use over others, or unnecessarily limiting recreational use.
Finally, librarians continue to remain essential as they teach students how to evaluate sources, interpret information, and follow guidelines of good internet citizenship.
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