October is International School Library Month (ISLM) celebrated across the world to celebrate the significance of the school library and school librarians in the learning environment. The theme for this year is School libraries: a key to the past, present and future which reveal a very strong connection between the school library and the cultural, social and educational environments of society.
The school libraries are instrumental in fostering intellectual growth amongst the students and further prepare the students to be independent researchers through imparting information literacy skills to allow students to study and seek information effectively in the information age. Thus the benefit to the students is competences to utilise information effectively and be able to participant in the education system as an informed student.
The Zimbabwe Library Association Chapters in Masvingo, Mashonaland, Matebeleland, Midlands and Masvingo are to commemorate the month in different activities that honour the school librarians for their resilience in working towards achieving the Unesco/IFLA School library Manifesto that states that, “The School library is essential to every long-term strategy for literacy, education, information provision and economic, social and cultural development.” Training activities are to be part of the events to equip the school librarians with skills that make them remain relevant in the environment were electronic gadgets are becoming popular with students. We hope that school librarians will have a School library Open Day to create awareness about the school library and its purpose in the learning environment.
ZimLA would like to wish you all a happy month filled with fun and fair as we celebrate the true story of a school librarian and the library.