Author, Deborah Froggatt

There are many reasons to highlight the impact of libraries in shaping more democratic, inclusive and equitable high-quality schools. In her chapter, Deborah Froggatt, retired Director of Library Services in Boston Public Schools, claims that the “informationally underserved” are students who learn without access to effective school library pedagogy, which empowers students to engage in the exchange of intellectual content, “essential to the functioning of a democracy” Jaeger and Burnett (New Directions in Information Behavior, Emerald, 2011, p. 165).

A recent Kappan publication echoes this sentiment, reinforcing the significant role that school librarians play in enhancing student learning outcomes. Both the article and Debbie’s chapter, underscore the critical function libraries serve not just as information repositories, but as vibrant hubs of critical thinking, creativity, and community connection.

Dive into  Dr. Froggatt’s chapter to discover how libraries are pivotal in building a more informed, engaged, and thoughtful society. Let’s champion our  librarians and their libraries, who are at the forefront of this journey towards more democratic, inclusive and equitable education.

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