Dear Editor,

During this Teacher Appreciation Week, we celebrate school librarians. Many people do not realize that school librarians are licensed teachers who attain additional certification for school librarian.

Unfortunately, many Indiana school districts have cut the number of certified school librarians, further risking our children’s digital and information literacy and achievement in college, career and life. The modern school library is not only a hub for print and e-books, but also is a bustling center for interactive learning projects in the arts, STEM and computer coding.

We encourage you to support your school library and certified school librarian. Celebrate this very special teacher who is critical to school and student success.

Presidents of the Indiana Library Federation

Edra Waterman, president and public library director

Susie Highley, vice president and retired school librarian

David Peter, PhD, past president and retired dean of a university library