Research in Support of Strong Libraries
Newest Research Data
"Advocacy and the 21st Century School Librarian: Challenges and Best Practices." EBSCOHost, 2017. White Paper.
Carello, Anna. "The Impact of School Library Design on the Development of Multiple Literacy Skills in Early Childhood Students." Penn Libraries, University of Pennsylvania, 2017.
Johnston, Melissa P., and Lucy Santos Green. "Still Polishing the Diamond: School Library Research over the Last Decade." School Library Research, 12 Jan. 2018.
Kachel, Debra E., and Keith Curry Lance. "Changing Times: School Librarian Staffing Status." Teacher Librarian, Apr. 2018.
Lance, Keith Curry, and Debra E. Kachel. "Why School Librarians Matter: What Years of Research Tell Us." Phi Delta Kappan, Apr. 2018.
Loertscher, David V. "We Boost Achievement!" Amazon. This is a link to purchase the book.
Cross, Ashley. "Tinkering in K-12: An Exploratory Mixed Methods Study of Makerspaces in Schools as an Application of Constructivist Learning." ResearchGate, Feb. 2018.
Flood, Alison and Sian Cain. Review of How Minecraft is helping kids fall in love with books. Guardian, 11 July 2018.
Miller, Donalyn. "I’ve Got Research. Yes, I Do. I’ve Got Research. How About You?" Donalyn Miller, 8 Feb. 2015.
Kachel, Debra. "A Perfect Storm Impacts School Librarian Numbers." School Library Journal, 16 Mar. 2018.
Lance, Keith Curry. "School Librarian, Where Art Thou?" School Library Journal, 16 Mar. 2018.
Sparks, Sarah D., and Alex Harwin. "Schools See Steep Drop in Librarians, New Analysis Finds." EdWeek, 16 May 2018.
Lance, Keith Curry, and Debra E. Kachel. "Why School Librarians Matter: What Years of Research Tell Us." Phi Delta Kappan, vol. 99, no. 7, Apr. 2018, pp. 15-20.
Kachel, Debra E., and Keith Curry Lance. "Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement." School Library Journal, 11 Mar. 2013. The final report on the Baltimore Study is cited under Falkenberg, published January 2017.
Falkenberg, Nanette, et al., compilers. Report on the Baltimore Library Project: Years 1-3. Baltimore MD, Jan. 2017. HJWeinberg Foundation.
NEA. New Research Study Details Growth, Staffing, Resources Trends in School Library/Media Centers. NEA, 2016. National Education Association.
Krashen, Stephen. "Credentialed school librarians: What the research says." SKrashen, 4 Sept. 2017.
Weller, Sam. "Commentary: Without school librarians, we're on a dystopian path." Chicago Tribune, 29 Mar. 2017. Chicago Tribune.
Krashen, Stephen. "Letter: Libraries and librarians: What does the research say?" Chicago Tribune, 31 Mar. 2017, . Response to Weller Commentary, March 29.
Smith, Corbett. "11 Dallas ISD schools are losing their librarians because of budget cuts." Dallas Morning News, 17 Apr. 2017. Dallas News.
Krashen, Stephen. "Why school librarians matter." SKrashen, 17 Apr. 2017. In response to Smith in Dallas News.
Moreillon, Judi. "Judi Moreillon: One million Arizona students at risk." Tucson.com, Arizona Daily Star, 4 Apr. 2017.
Other links of interest
Do We Make a Difference? Directed by David Loertscher, 2017. YouTube. This is an audio webinar with slides of 35 minutes, led by Loertscher and intended for an audience that might include superintendents and other district level administrators as well as policy makers.
“Teachers in school libraries - what does the data tell us?” (Teacher Magazine Australia, May 24, 2016)
"State of America's Libraries Report 2015: School Libraries." ALA News. ALA, 2015.
The Calamity of Disappearing School Libraries by Debra Kachel (The Conversation - US, July 13, 2015)
LAUSD Librarians on Facebook
Chicago School Librarians on Facebook
Communicating the Value of School Libraries from Lindenwold High School in NJ
School Libraries Impact Studies (Library Research Center, 2013)
"Washington Study Further Ties Quality Library Programs to Student Success" by Carolyn Sun (School Library Journal, May 15, 2015) This includes a link to the actual study.
Study: Good School Libraries Affect Test Scores by Mary Sturgill (WLTX19, May 12, 2015)
U.S. Students, Poverty, and School Libraries: What Results of the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment Tell Us by Denice Adkins (School Library Research, Sept. 11, 2014)
500 Hats,The Teacher-Librarian in the 21st Century - a blog from Australia
"5 Things That People Don't Realize Librarians Do" by Rebecca Tischler (INALJ blog, April 10, 2014) [I Need A Library Job, Tennessee]
Important Advocacy Tip: "Communication with Legislators"
by Deb Kachel in School Library Monthly, p.8-10, Feb. 2014. 5 easy steps to raise awareness with legislators. Not available digitally but worth finding in paper.
Smart Goals for Visibility by Paige Jaeger (Library Door blog post, March 24, 2014)
For more General Resources,
Linking School Libraries to EQUITY
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The Massachusetts School Library Study: Equity and Access for Students in the Commonwealth: Report of Findings and Recommendations of the Special Commission on School Library Services in Massachusetts. By Carol A. Gordon and Robin Cicchetti, Mar. 2018. Massachusetts Libraries Board of Library Commissioners.
Linking Effective School Libraries to