Local School Librarian Wins Award for Information Literacy Advocacy

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Tricina Strong-Beebe, Media Specialist at Hainesport Township School District School Libraries, accepts an award from the New Jersey Association of School Librarians, in December 2021.

A school librarian in the Township of Hainesport won an award earlier this month for her professional excellence and advocacy for information literacy.

Tricina Strong-Beebe, or “Ms. Beebe,” received the President’s Award from the Association of School Librarians of New Jersey, which honors an individual who has advanced the profession of school library media specialist, according to a statement from hurry.

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“What’s remarkable about our profession is that very few people outside of this field realize the transformation we are making in student learning every day,” said Strong-Beebe.

“There is nothing more exciting than hearing students applaud that ‘library’ is their favorite specialty or when teachers are curious about the resources we develop, the material we manage, or that of colleagues. or administration are looking for their school librarian, for collaboration, “she said.

Strong-Beebe has been a Media Specialist in the Township of Hainesport School District since 2015, before which she worked for the Camden County Library System for over a decade. She advocates with the New Jersey Association of School Librarians and has also taught postgraduate courses at Clarion University in Pennsylvania.

Strong-Beebe’s most recent work has focused on the passage of the Information Literacy Curriculum Bill by the state legislature, which “would ensure that students learn to understand, use, and evaluate. sources of information, all within an ethical framework, ”according to a press release.

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Information literacy, as used in the bill, “refers to a set of skills that enables an individual to recognize when information is needed and to locate, assess and effectively use the information needed. . Information literacy includes digital, visual, media, textual and technological culture.

“Students see the library as inclusive, fair, safe, representative and, yes, trendy and cool,” Strong-Beebe said.

“Librarians are the gatekeepers of information, the advocates of social and racial justice,” she said. “(Libraries are) where most of the ‘aha’ moments happen. Libraries are the best social service we can offer our audience, as we provide lifelong learning opportunities that enable people to search and retrieve information, technology, recreational materials and more. .

Aedy Miller covers education and economics for the Burlington County Times, the Courier-Post and the Daily Journal. He is a multimedia journalist from Central Jersey and recently graduated from George Washington University.

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This article originally appeared in the Burlington County Times: Hainesport School Librarian Wins Award for Information Literacy Work

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