School Library Research

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This page contains links and resources for researchers studying school libraries or school library media centers.


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Current research

Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS)

The Schools and Staffing Survey is a system of related questionnaires that provide descriptive data on the context of elementary and secondary education and policymakers a variety of statistics on the condition of education in the United States. The data include responses about school libraries and media centers.

Causality: School Libraries and Student Success (CLASS)

CLASS brings together school library and educational researchers to create a national focus and agenda on causal research and provide empirical evidence that school libraries make positive contributions to student achievement. Read more in the Press Release.

School Libraries Count!

AASL sponsors a longitudinal survey to provide data on the health of the nation's school library programs. First conducted in 2007, the annual survey is open to library centers at all schools teaching at the primary and secondary levels.

Recent studies

How Pennsylvania School Libraries Pay Off: Investments in Student Achievement and Academic Standards

From the PA School Library Project, an analysis of available data about Pennsylvania svhool libraries and their relationships to the 2011 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment; analysis of perceptions of school library programs; estimated investments needed to fund components of 21st century school library infrastructure that would have the greatest impact on student achievement.

Library Research Service: School Libraries Impact Studies

Highlights from the Library Research Service (LRS) school library impact studies links; includes studies by state, an infographic and a set of videos.

Readings/ Resources

American Association of School Librarians Toolkit

Advocacy tools around important issues in school librarianship, including learning standards, crisis management, and tools for promoting the value of the school library and school librarians.

Research Related to School Libraries

From the California Department of Education, links to current research about the impact of a quality school library on student achievement.

UNESCO/ IFLA Manifesto on School Libraries

From the United Nations' Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions: "The IFLA/UNESCO School Library Manifesto defines the mission and goals of the school library or resource center and the profile of its staff."

School Library Journal

From the website: "School Library Journal aspires to be an accelerator for innovation in schools and public libraries that serve the information, literacy, and technology needs of 21st century children and young adults. SLJ produces resources, services, and reviews that make library and education professionals savvier, and communities stronger."

School Library Monthly

The former School Library Media Activities Monthly aims to help 21st-century educators meet the needs of today's students while filling educational objectives by providing timely, up-to-dat content that can be used every day.

Teacher Librarian

An independent library journal with lively and relevant articles exploring current issues such as collaboration, leadership, technology, advocacy, information literacy, and management.


AASL Knowledge Quest

Knowledge Quest is a peer-reviewed journal offering substantive information to assist building-level library media specialists, supervisors, library educators, and other decision makers concerned with the development of school library media programs and services.

School Libraries Worldwide

School Libraries Worldwide is the official professional and research journal of the International Association of School Librarianship. It is a refereed, peer-reviewed journal, published twice yearly, in January and July and is available online only on the IASL web portal.

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