New School Library Research articles explore evidence-based practice and innovation

For Immediate Release
Mon, 04/28/2014

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CHICAGO – Two new research articles are now available in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research. The articles cover the topics of evidence-based library and information practice in Texas school libraries and the attitude and needs of young innovators. The purpose of School Library Research is to promote and publish high quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs. Articles can be found on the AASL website at www.ala.org/aasl/slr.

"School Library Research offers two new research studies that highlight innovation and high quality practices that can happen or should happen in school libraries," said Mega Subramaniam, SLR co-editor. "Dr. Small examines the motivational supports and information needs of students from grade 4-8, and calls for transformation of school libraries into innovation spaces and school librarians as innovation mentors. Drs. Richey and Cahill examine the familiarity and use of evidence-based practices among school librarians in Texas and call for more attention to such practices in the LIS curriculum.”

Through surveys collecting both qualitative and quantitative data, the research team of Jennifer Richey and Maria Cahill tracked the usage of evidence-based library and information practice (EBLIP) in Texas public school libraries. Richey and Cahill examined how often EBLIP was applied, with whom the EBLIP data was shared, and the results of sharing EBLIP data with stakeholders. In “School Librarians’ Experiences with Evidence-Based Library and Information Practice,” the team reports that the large majority of those surveyed engage in some form of EBLIP, but few shared results outside of their immediate school administrators or teachers.

In “The Motivational and Information Needs of Young Innovators: Stimulating Student Creativity and Inventive Thinking,” Ruth Small describes a study investigating the attitudes toward innovation activities, motivational supports and information needs of young innovators as they progressed through the innovation process. Small shares that her initial research finds that school librarians have an opportunity to provide “innovation spaces” that foster curiosity and exploration within their libraries and become role models or “innovation mentors” to all students.

School Library Research (ISSN: 2165-1019) is the successor to School Library Media Research (ISSN: 1523-4320) and School Library Media Quarterly Online. The journal is peer-reviewed, indexed by H. W. Wilson's Library Literature and by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology and continues to welcome manuscripts that focus on high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs.

The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.