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  1. That's because there's no standardized test on library.

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    1. Exactly. So, we will be adding a new site-based bureaucrat in the form of a math coach who will specialize in data. Meanwhile, our schools are losing librarians.

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    1. Me, too. He's pretty awesome like that. ;)

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  3. Can your son come to our next school board meeting when they discuss cutting 12 full-time media specialist positions?

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  4. Hi, John. I am really enjoying your blog. As a community college librarian, I can say that if helping students ask better questions isn't what librarians do, it should be.

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  5. As a teacher, may I say that if the kinds of things librarians do aren't happening in my classroom, I feel as though I'm not doing my job? I 100% support librarians. I just don't see those traits as existing in opposition to classroom learning.

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    1. I'm with you. I just see this perception being the result in an obsession with testing and fluency in the classroom.

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  6. "If I want to answer a question, I can go to Google like a grown-up does. If I want to know the right answer, I can ask my teacher. But if I want to ask my own questions and find out how to find my own answers, I can go to the librarian."
    This quote really struck a chord with me. I think he has it right. I think too many teachers are focused on the right answer because of the inane testing culture we have let school become. I am a teacher, but I am passionate about helping kids ask their own questions and answers to what is important to them. I love reading all kinds of kids' books and being able to put the right book in a kid's hands.
    Teachers and librarians can continue to work together for this goal.

    Laurie Fowler

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  7. Librarians=keepers of the sacred knowledge...

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