Exploring Library Programs to Support English Language Learner (ELL) Students’ Academic Success in Urban High Schools

to Dr. Sung Un Kim, assistant professor at the School of Library and Information Science, the Catholic University of America


This project will help to continue to raise awareness of the critical teaching role of school librarians, identify promising practices and areas of need for librarians to support the academic growth of ELL students and designing curricula to teach school librarians about ELL education.

Resulting publications & presentations:

  • Kim, S. U. (2014). Exploring the knowledge development process of English language learners at a high school: How do English language proficiency and the nature of research task influence student learning? Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIS&T). Article first published online on May 22, 2014.
  • Kim, S. U. (2015). Enablers and inhibitors to English language learner (ELL) students’ research process in a high school setting. School Library Research, v. 18.
  • Kim, S. U (2015). ALA Presentation: http://www.ala.org/aasl/sites/ala.org.aasl/files/content/aaslpubsandjournals/slr/vol18/SLR_EnablersandInhibitors_V18.pdf

Awards Won

Title Year
Diversity Research Grant

The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services sponsors this grant program which began in 2002 to address critical gaps in the knowledge of equity, diversity, and inclusion issues within library and information science.

2013 - Winner(s)