Librarians Missing from NBC's Education Nation Summit

Friday, September 30, 2011

It was NBC's second annual Education Nation Summit, a two-day event that brought together 350 educators, policymakers, business leaders, parents, and students to talk about improving education?but one thing was clearly missing: the discussion of librarians.

New York City's Rockefeller Center ice skating rink was converted into a stage on September 26 and 27, drawing high-profile names like Bill Clinton, Laura Bush, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan. But the only talk of librarians during the 19 panel discussions was when education activist Diane Ravitch, speaking about student achievement, said "closing libraries and getting rid of school nurses is not the answer."

Later in the day, SLJ asked Duncan to address the rash of school library closings throughout the nation. His response? "Everyone is hurting?schools, nonprofits, and [public] libraries have to work together to increase learning time. We have to move outside of our silos and create partnerships where our children can have the opportunity to learn 24/7."

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