Standing in the gap: the school librarian's role in providing access to print and digital resources for all students regardless of socioeconomic background
Salmons, Sharon E.
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Today’s students require access to a variety of print and digital resources in order to be successful in the 21st century. However, the socioeconomic level of each student’s family often determines the number of resources that are readily available in his or her home. In order to insure equitable access to both print and digital resources for all students, the school librarian stands in the gap between those who do and do not have informative and recreational materials available. This literature review outlines the effect that poverty has on a student’s learning, the importance of consistent access to appropriate and meaningful print resources, and the significance of access to computers and digital resources. By fulfilling the mission of equitable access to all resources, the school librarian can enable all students to maximize their current learning and improve their prospects for a successful future.