Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant
“Dr. Loertscher’s proposal focuses on one of the most important issues facing children, education and the profession of librarianship,” said jury Chair Mary Pagliero Popp, “tying school libraries to educational outcomes at a time when school libraries and librarians are being eliminated in almost every state throughout the U. S.. This research has the potential to demonstrate the real value of teacher librarians and teachers working together on curriculum activities to affect, positively, learning outcomes, and will provide impact data to librarians, educators and boards.
“This project builds on school library activities already occurring in most schools and is in an area where Dr. Loertscher is an acknowledged expert,” Popp continued. “He has decades of experience in working with school libraries. The simple change proposed would be easy to implement and lends itself to reviews of its effectiveness. The researcher’s opportunities to influence the national research agenda will ensure wide discussion of the outcomes of the project.”