Research in Support of Strong Libraries
Newest Research Data
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.
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 Strong School Libraries to Strong Student Achievement: The Research
OP-ED | College, Career and Democracy ready? Not without a trained librarian by Sarah Darer Littman (CT News Junkie, Jun 13, 2014)
"A Library They Deserve: The Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project" by Steven B. Sheldon, Marcia H. Davis, and Faith Connolly (Baltimore Education Research Consortium, January 2014) This is a powerful review of ongoing research in Baltimore MD. [This link is to the Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange, where the PDF is available.]
"The Pennsylvania Story: Lessons Learned" by Mary K. Biagini (School Library Monthly, p.5-7, Feb. 2014) The article is not available online, but the article is worth reading because it directly confronts the difference between EQUITY and ADEQUACY.
Library Research Service: School Libraries & Student Achievement (2013).
Crosswalk between the Framework for K-12 Science Education and Standards for the 21st Century Learner: School Librarians as the Crucial Link (School Library Research, Volume 16, 2013) From the abstract: "We contend that the learning of the Standardsis crucial to creating and sustaining science-learning environments as envisioned in the Framework and argue that school librarians’ role in science learning is more vital than it has ever been."
Impact of School Libraries on Learning (October 2013)- Research Report by Robert Gordon University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Kachel, Debra E., ed. "School Library Research Summarized: A Graduate Project." issuu.com. issuu, 2011. Web. 6 Jan. 2013.
Lance, Keith Curry, and Linda Hofschire. "Change in School Librarian Staffing Linked with Change in CSAP Reading Performance, 2005 to 2011." Jan. 2012. PDF file.
PA School Library Project. N.p., 4 Jan. 2014. Web. 6 Jan. 2013.
Taniguchi, Lauren T. "Three-year Study Asserts Benefits of School Libraries on Student Learning." NJ.com [Cumberland County N.J.] 15 Feb. 2012: n. pag. Web. 6 Jan. 2013.
BOOK: School Libraries Matter: Views from the Research edited by Mirah J. Dow. (ISBN 9781610691611; Libraries Unlimited, 2013)
Show Me the Connection: How School Library Media Center Services Affect Student Achievement. A study commissioned by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Missouri State Library and conducted by Quantitative Resources, LLC. (2002-2003)