The 10-Minute International Librarian #90: Explain how educators benefit from libraries

Yesterday was World Education Support Personnel Day, organised by Education International.

This makes the key point that effective schools and learning are about the whole range of people involved in education – teachers, nurses, support staff, and of course, librarians! See our blog on this for more.

Of course, libraries are already strongly focused on education – a large share of the stories on our Library Map of the World are indeed about SDG4 – Quality Education.

Through literacy, providing opportunities for informal and non-formal learning, and putting people in touch with learning opportunities, libraries are a key part of the wider education infrastructure.

And of course, many librarians are formally recognised as educators too!

However, there is maximum impact – both in delivery and in advocacy, when there is partnership with teachers and other educators.

So for our 90th 10-Minute International Librarian, explain how educators benefit from libraries.

Think about what you do that makes teachers’ lives easier, or helps them to achieve their goals more effectively?

Is it through providing materials or skills, offering insights and advice, or simply complementing classrooms with a quiet space for study?

These arguments can be powerful when looking to convince decision-makers that schools and universities cannot do without libraries (within their walls or beyond!), and in winning the support of teaching staff.

Let us know which arguments you think are strongest in the comments below.

Good luck!


This idea relates to the IFLA Strategy! Key Initiative 1.1: Show the power of libraries in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals 

As we publish more ideas, you will be able to view these using the #10MinuteInternationalLibrarian tag on this blog, and of course on IFLA’s Ideas Store! Do also share your ideas in the comments box below!

2 thoughts on “The 10-Minute International Librarian #90: Explain how educators benefit from libraries

  1. Dorcas Bowler

    I love this! It speaks volumes as to the impact of libraries and librarians on the lives of so many people from all walks of life.Thank you for publishing.

  2. Obilaja Taiwo

    Library Isn’t just a building where books are kept for users to consult. A library serve as the intermediary between information and whoever (users) that need the information. A library shouldn’t be limited to the four walls building. Provision of a conducive environment in which the users feel very comfortable to get their queries solved.
    One of the ways to ensure a conducive environment for users is
    Online virtual reference service : this is a system whereby users information need can be adequately met with the right and accurate information needed by the user at the user convenience time and location.

    And also to users who aren’t computer literate or users with special needs the of SDI (selective dissemination of information ) should be adopted to them. In which their information needs would be brought to them at their doorstep.

    The library can also help to reduce computer literacy among information seekers by conducting a training to give users knowledge about reference to online information retrieval service

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