[Libs-Or] DOE's Duncan Met w/ AASL Members

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Mon Jun 28 14:25:56 PDT 2010

AASL Board members and others met with Arne Duncan, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, during the ALA Conference to discuss school library concerns.  The upshot?  Librarians need to get the word out more about success stories.  Duncan also suggested that folks should lobby for the jobs bill.  See below for more details or read the blog entry at http://www.aasl.ala.org/aaslblog/.


Jennifer Maurer
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Posted: 28 Jun 2010 09:46 AM PDT

Julie Walker, AASL Executive Director, U.S. DOE Secretary, Arne Duncan, and AASL President, Cassandra Barnett discuss current concerns in school libraries.
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Posted: 28 Jun 2010 08:55 AM PDT

U. S. Department of Education Secretary, Arne Duncan, met with the AASL Board of Directors, newly elected board members, and elected leaders from state school library organizations affiliated with AASL  at the ALA Conference in Washington, D.C.

AASL President Cassandra Barnett opened the informal session with a statement which emphasizes how school libraries and school librarians have taken the lead in the implementation of the five key priorities set out in A Blue Print for Reform: The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Secretary Duncan responded to President Barnett’s comments with praise for what libraries and librarians have achieved. He emphasized the need for the school librarians to actively push Congress for the passage of the jobs bill, “use your loud librarian voices” for lobbying, he said. If the bill doesn’t pass there will be a severe level of devastation for education, including library positions.

The Board asked a number of questions during the half-hour session and one key message from Secretary Duncan was that librarians have to get out the message of when they have been successful. He understands that librarians engage students on an individual basis and open the world to students in ways that are important to the educational process.

However, librarians have to get out the word of where they are successfu and where they make a difference. Librarians need to tell how they are changing student lives and demonstrating integrative educational experiences. The bottom line for educational reform will be to raise the bar for success and close the gap between those who are and are not achieving. Secretary Duncan indicated that the pockets of educational success that he sees around the country are very often tied to successful library programs that engage students in learning in a meaningful way.
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