Supporting Learning and Literacy through Libraries
For some educators and librarians, the question might arise as to what role a school or community library plays in developing literacy with students and adult community members. Is it not the job of a library simply to supply resources and promote reading? This is a narrow definition of the role of a library and one that research has shown has little impact on overall literacy and learning (Kim 2008). It is when educators, librarians and community members work together that users soon recognize that the library plays a crucial role in their literacy achievement, and that is when they start to reap the real benefits of a library.