School Libraries, Teacher Librarians and Acceleration of Literacy
There is an extensive and strong body of research which supports the links between student literacy achievement and the presence of a qualified teacher librarian and a well resourced, managed and accessible school library. The resources below provide access to some of this research.
Envision the role of school librarians as extending beyond the physical space of the library and being more than the keepers of books and reference materials and consider the critical knowledge and skills that school librarians bring to the digital learning transition.
This report, which reviews extensive international evidence in order to interpret for the Scottish educational context includes an well-laid out and easy to read summary of recent research from the US, Australia and the UK.
This toolkit has been prepared by the American Association of School Libraries as a primer to inform new principals and pre-service teachers of the role and potential impact of effective school libraries and qualified teacher librarians in contemporary learning. Although the links are biased toward the North American experience this toolkit may act as an inspiration for similar publications with locally relevant materials.
A visual summary of the research which underpins the Delaware School Libraries Master Plan which may be read in full at http://www.ipa.udel.edu/publications/delaware-school-libraries-master-plan2016.pdf . The literature review in this document summarises 20 years of research which finds that a full time, qualified teacher librarian, who manages a well resourced and adequately budgeted school library collection and who collaborates closely with teachers to plan and implement curriculum is positively correlated with student achievement.
The 2016 Scholastic Report which updates and builds upon the 2008 edition, reinforcing the most relevant themes from that report while highlighting recent research at both the national and state levels. The research included in this compendium continues to show that school libraries and school librarians are a powerful force in the lives of America’s children.
Why do we continue to need teacher librarians and school libraries when information access is so easy via Google? A summary of the reasons, with links to research, that TLs and well resourced school libraries are essential and accelerate literacy outcomes for all students.
Findings from Softlink’s 2015 Australian and New Zealand School Library Survey into school library budgets, staffing and literacy levels in Australian and New Zealand school libraries. These findings continue to identify a positive correlation between annual Aust & NZ school library budgets & no. of TLs and NAPLAN reading results.
The campaign provided us with many different answers to the question ‘what do school libraries do’. This report complements those findings by explaining why school libraries are so important to students’ success and proposing steps for ensuring they continue to make a vital contribution.
2015 Washington school library impact study which finds that Students who attend schools with certified teacher-librarians and quality library facilities perform better on standardized tests and are more likely to graduate, even after controlling for school size and student income level.
Trying to convince administrators of your value? This study, unique because it documents the contribution of school librarians through the use of test results for specific ELA and writing standards,
The Impact of School Librarians and Library Programs on Academic Achievement of Students: The South Carolina Study South Carolina Association of School Librarians
An important 2013 study of Pennsylvania's schools shows that students in schools with full-time librarians score substantially higher on reading and writing tests. Simply put, students suffer when they don’t have adequate resources—and, in particular, we’ve found that student achievement suffers when schools lack libraries that are staffed by full-time librarians.
This paper is an information base to support decision making for future focused learning in Australian school libraries. It seeks to enhance understanding about the implications of international trends for Australian schooling, the need for rigorous evaluation and the contribution that school libraries and teacher librarians can make to student learning.
Links to the work of CISSL researchers in an ongoing series of macro and micro impact studies of school libraries and their relationship to student learning. They seek to provide both quantitative and qualitative evidence on how school libraries help students with their learning, and to understand some of the complex dynamics that shape these impacts.
2014 Infographic from AASL which summarises research findings which directly connect school libraries and TLs with student achievement.
A 2013 study conducted in Qld Australia which found that Australian findings consistent with international research showing links between student literacy outcomes and the presence of a qualified teacher-librarian
2013 Statistics gathered across several studies in the US presented in infographic form and with accompanying information sheet.
Research from 2013 presented in infographic form detailing the links between school libraries and student achievement.
A 2013 review from Baltimore. It states universal findings from more than 60 impact studies conducted in 22 US states conclude that schools with a well equipped library, staffed by a full-time, certified librarian and appropriate support staff contribute significantly to gains in student learning.
A considerable number of research projects and reports have found a positive correlation between an effective school library, managed by appropriately qualified and experienced librarians, and academic achievement. This is a summary of some of the key findings from a selection of these studies.
Jamie Helgren, LRS Research Fellow, and Keith Curry Lance, consultant at RSL Research and former Director of the Library Research Service, discuss the impact of school libraries on student achievement in this seven part video series, produced by Sean Lamborne, LRS Research Fellow, in November 2010.
A toolkit and handbook which gives a way for teachers and teacher librarians to track and assess student learning outcomes of guided inquiry through the school library.
Michele Lonsdale's 2003 report, which found school libraries can have a positive impact on student achievement—whether such achievement is measured in terms of reading scores, literacy or learning more generally. A strong foundation for future research.