What Studies Show about School Librarians' Contribution to Learning

There are many research studies spanning schools across the United States that show support of school library programs. Visit the following sites for access to information from this research.

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The Library Research Service generates library statistics and research for library and education professionals, public officials, and the media. LRS reports and analyzes statistics on school, public, and academic libraries, and conducts studies on major library issues that are reported in the Fast Facts and Closer Look series. Topics of continuing interest to the LRS and its clients are the impact of school librarians on student achievement and the changing library workforce.

School Libraries Work! external link icon
This research foundation paper, updated from the 2006 edition of School Libraries Work! , brings together position statements from a variety of organizations and findings from nearly two decades of empirical studies that cite the measurable impact school libraries and school librarians have on student achievement. It includes excerpts from a Congressional presentation made by the National Committee on Libraries and Information Science in June 2007; the results of new studies from Delaware, Indiana, Wisconsin, and the Canadian province of Ontario; as well as new data, statistics, resources, and strategies to help principals, school board members, teachers, and school librarians support and improve their library centers.

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On June 4, 2002, Laura Bush hosted a White House Conference on School Libraries to discuss the latest research on libraries, student achievement and successful local programs. Mrs. Bush was joined by her co-host, Dr. Robert Martin, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and education, library, government and philanthropic leaders from across the country. Experts and panelists offered compelling stories of the power of school libraries to make a difference in student achievement.