Common core requirements help boost librarians' profile

School librarians are finding themselves in high demand these days with the focus Common Core State Standards have brought to the skills of research, reading and writing. Kristen Hearne, librarian at Wren Middle School in Piedmont, S.C., said she has been working with other librarians to train science and social studies teachers who must teach their students literacy skills for those subjects. "When it comes to the common core, librarians can be a school's secret weapon," said Hearne, who assisted a social studies teacher with a cross-disciplinary unit on the Vietnam War.

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