For immediate release | June 9, 2014

Two School Library Research articles recognized by LIRT

CHICAGO – Two articles from the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) online research journal, School Library Research, have been named 2013 Top Twenty articles by the Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) of the American Library Association (ALA). The full list of articles recognized can be found at

The SLR articles included in the 2013 list are:

  • “Preparing Teachers and Librarians to Collaborate to Teach 21st Century Skills: Views of LIS and Education Faculty” by Don Latham, Melissa Gross and Shelbie Witte

  • “Crosswalk between the Framework for K–12 Science Education and Standards for the 21st-Century Learner: School Librarians as the Crucial Link” by Mega Subramaniam, June Ahn, Amanda Waugh, Natalie Green Taylor and Allison Druin

“The selection committee members had a big job this year,” said LIRT Top Twenty Chair Jo Angela Oehrli. “They had to read over 150 articles by authors from around the world representing instruction in a variety of library settings. The topics of the SLR articles, pre-service instruction in teacher-librarian collaboration and the role of librarians in science education, are important ones for the profession to consider. I'm grateful for all of the hard work that the selection committee accomplished, and my congratulations go out to the authors and publications selected this year.”

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. The SLR articles on the LIRT Top Twenty list and more can be found on the AASL website at

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), 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.


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)