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Designing Libraries for Research Collaboration in the Network World: An Exploratory Study

Technology in higher education and research are causing libraries to reevaluate the services they offer. Librarians are moving into "higher end support" and adopting new service models. The design of an organization can determine whether it achieves its mission under particular conditions. The present study explores how libraries in 24 leading UK research universities are organizing resources and services to support the research enterprise. Qualitative data were collected from institutional websites and other public domain sources. The results show new functional roles complementing traditional subject liaisons. The findings confirm and extend prior work and are being used to design a large scale international survey.

Impact of School Libraries on Learning: Critical Review of Published Evidence to Inform the Scottish Education Community

The report examines the evidence that school libraries have on learning and skill development. The study by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) covers the review of UK and international evidence. The material, published since 2001, links school libraries to educational achievement. The results will inform SLIC school libraries in secondary education in Scotland.

Challenges to Collaboration

The article focuses on the challenges of collaboration in school library programs. It states that the study about exemplary school libraries by Queen's University and People for Education affirmed that collaborative teaching is a critical activity in Level 3 programs. It mentions the challenges to collaboration and the ways to overcome it. Moreover, research shows that test scores are higher in schools in which teacher-librarian and classroom teacher collaborate to measure learning experiences.

Directline

The article focuses on the move of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and the Australian School Libraries Association (ASLA) to raise the profile of teacher librarians. It is stated that the groups work towards the promotion of school libraries and teacher librarians. It notes the trends in research revealing the pressures on their ability to develop literacy. The ALIA representative vacancy and calls for expressions of interest are included.

REGIONAL PERSPECTIVES: EAST ASIA

The article offers news briefs related to teacher librarians in East Asia including the 2nd World Chinese Teacher-Librarian Forum in Taiwan which focuses on learning school library, selection of new committee members in Hong Kong Teacher Librarians' Association (HKTLA) during the annual general meeting (AGM), and research which centers on curriculum development on library service and teacher librarians in Hong Kong secondary school.

DO SCHOOL LIBRARIES REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

The author discusses the significance of school libraries in Australia. She believes that school libraries do provide a difference to the educational outcome of students, citing evidence from international and national research which indicates the difference school libraries make including to literary results, to inquiry based learnings, and to staff professional learning. The lack of up-to-date information of personnel in the departments overseeing the educational system is also mentioned.

New research reveals school libraries hovering on poverty line

The article presents a study which investigates the need of critical skills development in information and reading literacy among school children in Australia. Result shows that 50% of Australian school libraries are trying to do their duty on an annual materials budget of under 10, 000 dollars annually while teacher librarians are spending time outside the school library. Researchers concluded that teacher librarian tried to bring skills and expertise to educate Australians' school children.

Factors that support the development of exemplary school library programs

This paper will examine a wide range of studies related to the factors that support the development of exemplary school library programs and then focus on the context for Ontario, Canada. In 2003, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (as cited in IASL, 2008) reviewed research studies to answer the question "What effects do school libraries have on student achievement?" and they concluded that "school library characteristics may account for up to 8 percent of the variance in reading-related test scores" [emphasis added] (p. 1). Consequently, it is important to identify the characteristics that make a school library exemplary although they are not always indicative of student achievement and learning.

Valuing the impact of the teacher librarian from an evidence base

Evidence-based practice as it applies to the Library and Information (LIS) sector and in particular teacher librarians is the focus of this research investigation. The context for this research is Australian school libraries and teacher librarians. This is a research in progress and the report here will include some very early findings and lessons learned from the initial pilot study. The contributions of this research will be in developing a framework for the library and information sector with a particular application for teacher librarians. Providing meaningful evidence of work practices that demonstrate contributions to the schools goals and mission statements in conjunction with contributions to student academic, social and cultural achievements are crucial for the future of the teacher librarian.

Elementary Malay Vernacular Schools and School Libraries in Singapore Under British Colonial Rule, 1819-1941

Earlier research on school libraries in Singapore has stated that school libraries were established there recently. Lim (1970) wrote that school libraries in Singapore were largely a post-war innovation, and Ho (1998) wrote that published records related to the history of school libraries in Singapore were available only from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. This article presents historical information that shows that an official policy on school libraries was initiated in 1899. It also presents the historical record of the development of schools and school libraries under British colonial rule and related information about the Malay school book production.  

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