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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: April 8, 2015 01:37 PM
From: Representative Ted Harhai
To: All House members
Subject: Co-sponsorship Memo: One “Certified Librarian” Per Public School
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that would require public schools to have at least one “certified librarian” per school.

Librarians are in the privileged position of being able to work with teachers across all subjects and students of all ages, observing the inner workings of a school from a slight distance. A librarian’s area of expertise is in information management and they assist students and staff, find information by providing relevant, reliable resources to support the areas they are studying or teaching. The skills of information literacy, which involve finding, assessing, evaluating, using and referencing information is still a valuable tool that every child should learn.

Librarians can help students to formulate, assess, and evaluate what they’ve found and, more importantly, use information in a way that hones their note-taking skills, avoiding plagiarism. Librarians can teach students to be better, more independent researchers.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation so we can ensure our children receive the best possible education possible in our public schools.

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Introduced as HB1163