We all know that school librarians make a huge difference for student achievement and well-being, but sometimes you need the evidence. We've collected articles and impact studies so that you have them at your fingertips whenever you need them.
School Librarian Role in Pandemic Learning Conditions
ROLES of the SCHOOL LIBRARIAN (2019)
Published by the New York State Department of Education, this update to the 2011 Information Brief: Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement demonstrates the consistent positive impact that contributions from school librarians have on student achievement, and the value that they provide to students, teachers and the wider school community.
The Northeast Comprehensive Center (NCC)/RMC Research Corporation, the New York State Education Department, and the New York State Library produced this new Informational Brief as an update to the 2011 publication Informational Brief: Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/nyla/nycc_school_library_brief.pdf. The breadth of scientific and academic literature about school libraries and the important roles that school librarians play in student achievement published since 2011 inspired the expanded scope of the 2019 Brief.
In this 2019 Brief, numerous research studies on student achievement highlight the ways in which school libraries and school librarians are invaluable and integral to the learning process - in the library, in the classroom, and beyond the school walls to the global community of learners. The Brief includes statewide impact studies conducted since 2011 and goes beyond to look at the evolving roles of school librarians in leading technology integration in schools, engaging students with disabilities, assisting students with the transition to college and career, in STEM education, and more.
The methodology of the Brief strategically explores the five roles of the school librarian recognized and defined by the American Association of School Libraries (AASL): teacher, leader, instructional partner, information specialist, and program administrator. By defining and outlining these roles and providing research showing the effectiveness of school librarians when placed in them, this Brief emphasizes not only the importance but the versatility of school librarians in assisting the learning process for students.
The Northeast Comprehensive Center (NCC) and the former the New York Comprehensive Center (NYCC), both directed by the RMC Research Corporation, have worked with the New York State Education Department to support education leaders and encourage student achievement for over 25 years.
The New York State Library has served New Yorkers, state government, and researchers from throughout the United States for more than 200 years. One of the nation's leading library development agencies and research libraries, the New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department and is located in Albany, New York. For more information about the New York State Library, visit: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov. For more information about the New York State Education Department, visit: http://nysed.gov.
Korbey, Holly. "How Libraries Stretch Their Capabilities to Serve Kids During a Pandemic."MindShift, KQED, 31 July 2020, www.kqed.org/mindshift/56378/how-libraries-stretch-their-capabilities-to-serve-kids-during-a-pandemic. Accessed 28 Sept. 2020.
The New York Library Association’s Section of School Librarians (NYLA/SSL) strongly
recommends that certified school librarians (school library media specialists) be required in all
schools, including elementary schools.
School Libraries Work! seeks to empower librarians, classroom teachers, school and district leaders, policy makers, parents and communities by arming them with the most powerful research-based frameworks, recommendations, and support for school library programs.
To demonstrate the positive impact of school libraries on the implementation of the Regents Reform Agenda in New York, the New York Comprehensive Center (NYCC) was asked in the Spring of 2011 to prepare a brief which highlights specific examples of
programs in states that have had success utilizing school libraries to improve student achievement.
Small, Ruth V.; Shanahan, Kathryn A.; Stasak, Megan. (2010). "The Impact of New York‘s School Libraries on Student Achievement and Motivation: Phase III", School Library Research. American Library Association.
Todd, Dr. R. J., Gordon, Dr. C. A., Lu, Dr. Y.-L. (2010, July). Report of findings and recommendations of the New Jersey school library survey, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, School of Communication and Information. Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL).
Francis, B.H., Lance, K. C., Lietzau, Z. (2010). School librarians continue to help students achieve standards: The third Colorado study (2010). (Closer Look Report). Denver, CO: Colorado State Library, Library Research Service.
Lance, K. C., Rodney, M. J., & Hamilton-Pennell, C. (2000, April). How school librarians help kids achieve standards: The second Colorado study [Executive summary]. Retrieved from Library Research Service website
The Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement: Exploring the School Library Impact Studies (2010)
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. View the videos below, or on Vimeo at http://vimeo.com/album/1480129.