The data of this study show that the school library considerably helps students know how to use the different information sources, and the different purposes of these sources in the research process. The students, both in terms of managing projects to completion, and accessing quality information, value this instructional intervention.
6-12 (elementary/middle school)
Librarians and library programs appear to positively influence the development of students reading interests.
School librarians in New Jersey clearly do engage in a range of information literacy instruction initiatives. This instruction primarily centers on knowing about the school library, knowing about difference sources and formats, with sound levels related to understanding the different strategies in doing effective research, learning how to use the resources, evaluating information for quality, and learning to use information ethically.
Three out of four secondary schools (almost 75 percent) spending average or above amounts of time on cooperative planning were schools with higher-achieving students
Libraries are an obvious destination for language development, due to their wealth of books and language-based programs for all ages
Students and their teachers make more effective use of the Internet and other digital resources after learning about them from school librarians.
Students learn how to evaluate and use information—not just how to find and access it—from school librarians.
Disadvantaged students have a better chance of succeeding academically when they attend schools with strong library programs.
Students are more successful academically when their teachers benefit from professional development opportunities offered by their librarian colleagues.
Students’ academic success is fostered by a well-funded school library program.