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School Librarians in International Spotlight

School librarians from throughout the world toured school libraries in the Long Beach Unified School District last month as part of the International Association of School Librarianship 46th annual international conference held at Cal State Long Beach.

“The delegates were impressed with LBUSD teacher librarian Nina Jackson’s presentation on student library aide media education.  They were also impressed seeing Lafayette’s, Newcomb’s and Wilson’s school libraries and teacher librarians,” said Lesley Farmer, a professor at CSULB’s College of Education.  “School librarians from over 30 countries came to CSULB to share their research and professional practice.”

LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser welcomed and thanked event participants with a statement in the conference’s written program.

“Our school system has been fortunate enough to be recognized nationally and internationally for academic excellence and for closing achievement gaps.  Our success is due in large part to the key role that teacher librarians play in our schools each day, working closely with classroom teachers to help students develop 21st Century learning skills,” Steinhauser said.  “One of the most critical aspects of a modern teacher librarian’s work is to help young people develop the skills needed to evaluate the information that floods today’s various electronic devices.  These skills are essential to a successful democracy and to our students’ success in a fast-paced global economy.  Thank you for all that you do to prepare the next generation of students for success in college, careers and life.”