School Library Research (SLR) Editor's Choice

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The studies listed here are the Editor’s choice for School Library Research (SLR) papers that provide insight into the guidelines delineated in Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs.

School library programs continue to undergo momentous changes that have heightened the importance of technology and evidence-based learning. The focus has moved from the library as a confined place to one with fluid boundaries that is layered by diverse needs and influenced by an interactive global community. Guiding principles for school library programs must focus on building a flexible learning environment with the goal of producing successful learners skilled in multiple literacies.

aasl program guidelines coverEmpowering Learners advances school library programs to meet the needs of the changing school library environment and is guided by the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action. It builds on a strong history of guidelines published to ensure that school library program planners go beyond the basics to provide goals, priorities, criteria, and general principles for establishing effective library programs.

Chapter 1: Developing Visions for Learning

Howard, Jody. “The Relationship Between School Culture and the School Library Program.” School Library Media Research Vol. 13 (2010).

Hughes-Hassell, Sandra and Dana Hanson-Baldauf. “Information Technology Use by North Carolina School Library Media Specialists: Perceived Competencies and Barriers.” School Library Media Research Vol. 11 (2008).

Immroth, Barbara and W. Bernard Lukenbill. “Teacher-School Librarian Collaboration through Social Marketing Strategies: An Information Behavior Study.” School Library Media Research Vol. 10 (2007).

Kuhlthau, Carol. "Implementing a Process Approach to Information Skills: A Study Identifying Indicators of Success in Library Media Programs." School Library Media Quarterly. 22:1. (Fall 1993). 11–18

Montgomery, Paula Kay. "Cognitive Style and Level of Cooperation between the Library Media Specialist and Classroom Teacher." School Library Media Quarterly. 19:3. (Spring 1991). 185–190

Monteil-Overall, Patricia. "Toward a Theory of Collaboration for Teachers and Librarians." School Library Media Research Vol. 8 (2005).

Moreillon, Judi. “Two Heads Are Better than One: Influencing Pre-Service Teachers’ Understanding and Practice of classroom-Library Collaboration.”  School Library Media Research Vol. 11 (2008)

Pickard, Patricia W. "Instructional Consultant Role of the School Library Media Specialist." School Library Media Quarterly. 21:3. (Spring 1993). 115–22

Putnam, Eleonor. "The Instructional Consultant Role of the Elementary School Library Media Specialist and the Effects of Program Scheduling on its Practice." School Library Media Quarterly. 25:1. (Fall 1996). 43–49

Stripling, Barbara K. "Learning-Centered Libraries: Implications from Research." School Library Media Quarterly. 23:3. (Spring 1995). 163–70

Wolcott, Linda L. "Understanding How Teachers Plan: Strategies for Successful Instructional Partnerships." School Library Media Quarterly. 22:3 (Spring 1994). 161–65


Chapter 2 Teaching for Learning

Boltz, Robin. “What We Want: Boys and Girls Talk about Reading.” School Library Media Research Vol. 10 (2007).

Krashen, Stephen D. "School Libraries, Public Libraries, and the NAEP Reading Scores." School Library Media Quarterly. 23:4. (Summer 1995). 235–37

Gordon, Carol. “Students as Authentic Researchers: A New Prescription for the High School Research Assignment.” School Library Media Research Vol. 2 (1999).

Hughes-Hassell, Sandra, Heather A. Barkley, and Elizabeth Koehler.  “Promoting Equity in Children’s Literacy Instruction: Using a Critical Race Theory to Examine Transitional Books.” School Library Media Research Volume 12 (2009).

Lance, Keith Curry. "The Impact of School Library Media Centers on Academic Achievement." School Library Media Quarterly. 22:3. (Spring 1994)

Mancall, Jacqueline C., Shirley L. Aaron, and Susan A. Walker. "Educating Students to Think: The Role of the School Library Media Program." School Library Media Quarterly. 15:1. (Fall 1986). 18–27

Pitts, Judy M., Joy H. McGregor, and Barbara Stripling, eds. "Mental Models of Information: The 1993–94 AASL/Highsmith Research Award Study." School Library Media Quarterly. 23:3. (Spring 1996). 177–84

Small, Ruth. “Designing Motivation into Library and  Information Literacy Skills Instruction. “ School Library Media Research Vol. 1 (1998).

Tallman, Julie and Lyn Henderson. “Constructing Mental model Paradigms for Teaching Electronic Resources.” School Library Media Research Volume 2 (1999).

Todd, Ross J. "Integrated Information Skills Instruction: Does It Make a Difference?" School Library Media Quarterly. 23:2. (Winter 1995). 133–39


Chapter 3 Building the Learning Environment

Dickinson, Gail,  Karen Gavigan, and Shana Pribesh.  “Open and Accessible: The Relationship Between Closures and Circulation in School Library Media Centers.” School Library Medai Research Vol. 11 (2008).

Doll, Carol A. "School Library Media Centers: The Human Environment." School Library Media Quarterly. 20:4. (Summer 1992). 225–29

McGregor, Joy. “Flexible Scheduling: Implementing an Innovation.” School Library Media Research Vol. 9 (2006).

Mardis, Marcia and Ellen Hoffman. “Collections and Collaboration: Science in Michigan Middle School Media Centers.” School Library Media Research Vol. 10 (2007).

Shannon, Donna M. "Tracking the Transition to a Flexible Access Library Program in Two Library Power Elementary Schools (in central Kentucky)." School Library Media Quarterly. 24:3. (Spring 1996). 155, 158–63

Van Deusen, Jean Donham, and Julie I. Tallman. "The Impact of Scheduling on Curriculum Consultation and Information Skills Instruction, Part I." School Library Media Quarterly. 23:1. (Fall 1994). 17–25


Chapter 4 Empowering Learning Through Leadership

Brown, Carol and Robin Boltz. “Planning Portfolios: Authentic Assessment for Library Professionals.” School Library Media Research Vol. 5 (2001).

Bush, Gail and Jami Jones. “Explorations to Identify Dispositions of School Librarians: A Delphi Study.” School Library Media Research Vol. 13 (2010).

Gordon, Carol. “A Study of a Three-Dimensional Action Research Training Model for School Library Programs.” School Library Media Research Vol. 9 (2006).

Haycock, Ken. "Research in Teacher-Librarianship and the Institutionalization of Change." School Library Media Quarterly. 23:4. (Summer 1995). 227–33

Roys, Nadine K. and Mary E. Brown. “The Ideal Candidate for Library Media Specialist; Views from School Administrators, Library Science Faculty, and MLS Students." School Library Media Research Vol. 7 (2003).

Smith, Daniella. “Education School Librarians to Lead: A Study of Self-Perceived Transformational Leadership Behaviors." School Library Media Research Vol. 14 (2011).