New SLR articles explore school library advocacy and research methods

For Immediate Release
Fri, 03/25/2016


Jennifer Habley
Manager, Web Communications
American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

CHICAGO - Two new articles covering the topics of school library advocacy and comparable research measurements are now available in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR). SLR promotes and publishes high quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs. Articles can be accessed at

In “Anatomy of Advocacy: A Case Study of the White House Petition” a team of researchers from Old Dominion University examined school library advocacy efforts related to political initiatives. Elizabeth Burns, Sue Kimmel and Gail Dickinson investigated the response to a call for support of a national petition advocating for school libraries and its effectiveness. By analyzing data and underlying factors, the team has created discussion points and directions for the design and development of successful future advocacy efforts.

The article “Are Self-Perception Measures Used in School Library Research Transferable to the Context of Public Library Summer Reading Programs?” details the findings of a research team out of Syracuse University consisting of Marilyn Arnone, Ruth Small, and Shicheng Weng. The team tested several instruments previously validated for use in school library research for their appropriateness in the context of public libraries’ summer reading programs for youth. They also examined whether the connection between perceived competence in student’s information skills and perceived competence in their reading skills might also exist for participants in public library summer reading programs.

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,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.


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