Educational/Literacy Impact

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.

School Librarians as Technology Integration Leaders: Enablers and Barriers to Leadership Enactment

The highly technological environment of 21st-century schools has significantly redefined the role of school librarians by presenting the opportunity to assume leadership through technology integration. Despite the abundance of literature that has suggested the need for and the importance of school librarians to be a proactive leaders in technology integration, this role is one that has been ignored in the research arena and left undefined for school administrators, teachers, and the school librarians themselves, leading to uncertainty concerning how school librarians enact this role in practice. This research, based on distributed-leadership theory, investigates current practice of accomplished school librarians to identify what factors are enabling some to thrive as technology integration leaders and what factors are hindering others. This report of the results includes the initial identification and categorization of the enablers and barriers experienced by school librarians in enacting a leadership role in technology integration, a discussion of implications for the profession, and areas of future research.

The Power of High Quality School Library Programs

An overview of research demonstrating the effect of school libraries and teacher-librarians on student achievement is provided.

The Use of Reading Levels as Alternative Classification in School Libraries

A relatively new phenomenon in school libraries is the organization of books by the reading levels associated with reading incentive programs such as Accelerated Reader and Reading Counts. There is a body of research on the effects of reading incentive programs on variables related to reading ability and motivation, but currently there is no research on the characteristics of the school libraries that use reading levels as an alternative classification scheme for shelf arrangement. This article reports the results of a survey of P-12 media specialists in Kentucky who identified their libraries as arranged by reading level. Analysis of results provides information on the demographic characteristics of these libraries and media specialists' rationale for organizing their library collections in this way.

School Librarians, Science Teachers, + Optimal Learning Environments

The writer argues that school librarians and science teachers share common ground in providing environments that facilitate student learning. She focuses on research showing that science classrooms and school libraries can be assessed along common dimensions, describes the learning evaluation tool used in the study, and illustrates the application of the tool's climate scales in school library settings.

Principals' Perspectives of School Librarians

Research has revealed that the principal's support of the school's library program is critical to its success. For this reason, it is imperative for librarians to understand the principal's perceptions and priorities. This project was designed to determine the criteria that principals in South Carolina, USA use in hiring a school librarian, the competencies principals consider important for a school librarian to possess, and principals' level of satisfaction with the work of their current school librarian. South Carolina's K-12 school principals were asked to participate in the project by submitting an online questionnaire which was completed by 189 respondents. Findings indicate that principals generally supported school librarian competencies as outlined in Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning (the national standards for school library media programs in the USA at the time the survey was conducted). Just over 82% of principals were satisfied or very satisfied with their current school librarian.

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.

Librarian Required

The article discusses research by the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) with the education advocacy group Education Law Center (ELC) about the impact of school librarians on academic achievement, according to their report "Pennsylvania School Libraries Pay Off: Investments in Student Achievement and Academic Standards." Topics includes research about school library programs, their impact on minority students, as well as the impact of library programs on reading test scores.

Research consistent: students perform better with an endorsed librarian

The research on school librarians and their association with students’ test scores is remarkably consistent in its findings: regardless of how rich or poor a community is, students tend to perform better on reading tests where, and when, their library programs are in the hands of endorsed librarians. Furthermore, at schools where library programs gain or maintain an endorsed librarian when school budgets get tight, students tend to excel. At schools where library programs lose or never had an endorsed librarian, students suffer as a result.

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