New Research Explores School Librarian’s Teacher Self-Efficacy

For Immediate Release
Mon, 04/19/2021


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)


CHICAGO – New research published in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR), examines the difference in school librarians’ teacher self-efficacy among those who worked in elementary, middle, and high schools. SLR promotes and publishes high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation, and evaluation of school libraries. Articles can be accessed for free at

The purpose of Jessica Thompson, Michelle Barthlow, and Kelly Paynter’s study was to address the gaps in the literature on school librarians’ self-efficacy and examine librarians’ impact on school achievement in the context of their self-efficacy levels. The research team attempted to determine if elementary school librarians’ self-efficacy could be a predictor of reading scores for the schools’ overall average rates on the Virginia Standards of Learning assessment.

The researchers share their results in “School Librarians’ Teacher Self-Efficacy: A Predictor of Reading Scores?” They found no difference in the levels of teacher self-efficacy among elementary, middle, and high school librarians, and noted a weak but positive predictive relationship between the self-efficacy levels and the schools’ overall average pass rates on standardized testing. The researchers noted the need for an instrument designed strictly for measuring the self-efficacy of school librarians, based on the myriad tasks they perform beyond the teaching role.

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 and indexed by H. W. Wilson's Library Literature and by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology. It welcomes manuscripts that focus on high-quality original research concerning the management, implementation, and evaluation of school libraries.

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