Del. school libraries getting $1 million statewide investment

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DELAWARE – First State students will soon have better access to learning materials and resources in their school libraries. That’s thanks to a $1 million state investment between the state, and the Delaware Library Consortium.

The funding is being added to the Delaware Division of Libraries for the 2022 operating budget. School libraries will integrate with the Delaware Library Catalog, a statewide system linking more than 70 libraries in order to share resources and materials.

“We know that a great school library can take students, their teachers, and an entire school to the next level when it comes to achievement and building community,” said Representative Valerie Longhurst in a release. “These resources will help unlock the potential of school libraries across the state and give school librarians the tools they need to do what they do best – spark curiosity and foster a love of learning in our students.”

The investment comes as an expansion to Rep. Longhurst and State Librarian Dr. Annie Norman’s pilot program in the Colonial School District.

“Rep. Longhurst’s leadership is instrumental in launching the first state initiative to address school libraries,” said Dr. Norman in a release. “Connecting the school libraries to the statewide Delaware Library Catalog achieves the ‘last mile’ in ensuring equity of access for all Delaware children, regardless of whether they are taken to a public library.”

The new funding will also provide librarians with training on how to modernize library collections, and better transport materials between libraries. Plus, the money can be used to employ seasonal staff to help with the statewide catalog migration.

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