Santa Barbara Unified’s elementary and secondary library staff recently attended the California State Librarian Association Conference in Sonoma. District Library Media Specialist Jamie Allison said, “We attended sessions from cutting edge California librarians and beyond who shared the latest trends and information. Did you know that there are over 65 current studies showing the link between credentialed teacher librarians and overall improved student school scores?” She continued, “Did you know that the 21st century elementary and secondary librarians act as the heart of the school fostering literacy, digital citizenship, Makerspaces, STEM stations and informational research? Our role has greatly changed. We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to learn from other innovative librarians and districts whom, like out district, understand the value and relevance of our collaborative work. Thank you Santa Barbara Unified School District.”
Photo: Amy McMillan (technology coach, Goleta Valley Junior High), Sherri Bryan (library media specialist, San Marcos High), Amy Woods (library media specialist, La Colina Junior High), Heather Magnar (library media pecialist, Dos Pueblos High), Marsha Barr (library media specialist, Santa Barbara High) , Linda Szumski (lead elem library technician), with guest presenter Amy Whitehead and Jamie Allison (district library media specialist). Not pictured, Dorene Garcia (elementary lead library technician).