To: Lynnfield School Committee, Superintendent Geary, and Principal Puglisi

Save the Lynnfield High School Library Media Specialist job!

Please do not eliminate the library media specialist position at Lynnfield High School! Eliminating this position will negatively effect students and teachers!

Why is this important?

Please join this campaign because:

Having a school library and certified school librarian protects students' right to read and their First Amendment rights.
Data from more than 34 statewide studies suggest that students tend to earn better standardized test scores in schools that have strong library programs.
NEASC, the national accreditation body for public schools, does require that "All students receive library/information services that support their learning from adequate, certified/licensed personnel." In the 2020 Standards for Accreditation, this is a mandate, not a suggestion.
Losing the library program puts Lynnfield and the school at risk of book challenges.
Students and teachers will not have access to the large number of online databases only given to school libraries with a certified library media specialist.
No school librarian means that the library collection will not get updated and curated, students will not have access to reliable, accurate information for supporting their learning.
Having a school library is an equity issue.
A lack of a school library and library media specialist will negatively impact student success and teacher collaboration.
Students and teachers will be losing a tech integrator and the creator and teacher for the student help desk and the LHS Makerspace.
In the study, School libraries and MCAS scores, the results show that there is a direct correlation between certified school library media specialists and MCAS scores.

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