Literacy and wellbeing at school libraries
For Immediate Release
ALA Publishing & Media
American Library Association
CHICAGO — Research has repeatedly linked school libraries and qualified staff to student literacy gains. With the number of students who struggle with basic literacy skills increasing in many nations, school libraries can play an important role in improving the academic, vocational, and social outcomes for these young people, thereby increasing their opportunities. Fostering student wellbeing is also a key priority for schools given the challenges young people face in current times. “School Libraries Supporting Literacy and Wellbeing,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, seeks to promote greater understanding of the links between reading, literacy, and wellbeing that could help students cope with modern challenges. Dr. Margaret K. Merga explores the role of the school library and library professionals in leading this approach and highlights how literacy and wellbeing education and support sit within this. The book pays specific attention to how school library professionals build reading engagement and promote student wellbeing through various approaches, such as fostering health literacy and creating nurturing environments.
Readers will be empowered to build a case for the importance of their role and library, and audit their current literacy and wellbeing offerings, and adjust or extend them where applicable based on best practice. The book also explores some of the many challenges facing school libraries and their professional staff that may need to be mitigated to ensure that they can reach their full potential for supporting student literacy and wellbeing.
Dr. Merga is an honorary adjunct at the University of Newcastle, Australia and a senior researcher in literacy, library and research communication. She also works as an author and consultant at Merga Consulting, supporting schools and professional associations seeking to build school reading cultures and enhance school library advocacy. She has previously consulted with schools, professional associations, research entities and government departments on a range of literacy and library initiatives, such as the Department of Education Western Australia's Never Stop Reading initiative. Since 2012, she has led or been involved in 18 research projects on libraries, literacy, higher education communication and/or workforce issues. She has shared findings from her research in invited keynotes and conference papers at virtual conferences internationally, and has published more than 85 peer-reviewed journal articles and three research-informed books.
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