Research in Support of Strong Libraries
Newest Research Data
Resources older than 2017 appear on a separate page.
AASL School Closure Snapshots 1,2 and 3.
Advocacy and the 21st Century School Librarian: Challenges and Best Practices." EBSCOHost, 2017. White Paper.
Dix, Katherine et al. “School libraries in South Australia 2019 Census.” Australian Council for Educational Research, 2020. Downloadable PDF book. “In response, the School Library Association of South Australia (SLASA) commissioned the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to undertake a census of school libraries and their staffing across all sectors (Government, Catholic and Independent) in South Australia. Driven by concern for student learning and equity of access to resources, the study aimed to gauge the nature of library provision and non-provision in schools, including the factors that support a school library and its staffing, as well as identifying how information services are managed when there is no library provision. This report presents the results of that survey census.”
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.
Cross, Ashley. "Tinkering in K-12: An Exploratory Mixed Methods Study of Makerspaces in Schools as an Application of Constructivist Learning." ResearchGate, Feb. 2018.
Falkenberg, Nanette, et al., compilers. Report on the Baltimore Library Project: Years 1-3. Baltimore MD, Jan. 2017. HJWeinberg Foundation.
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. "A Perfect Storm Impacts School Librarian Numbers." School Library Journal, 16 Mar. 2018.
Kachel, Debra E., and Keith Curry Lance. "Changing Times: School Librarian Staffing Status." Teacher Librarian, Apr. 2018.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Lance, Keith Curry. "School Librarian, Where Art Thou?" School Library Journal, 16 Mar. 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.
Sparks, Sarah D., and Alex Harwin. "Schools See Steep Drop in Librarians, New Analysis Finds." EdWeek, 16 May 2018.