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The Results Are In: Libraries Matter. — Room to Read Insider. At Room to Read we are passionate about testing our assumptions. We do not want to take for granted that what we’re doing is valuable and effective, we want to be able to prove it and improve it. When it comes to our school libraries, it can be easily supposed that our libraries are enhancing children’s reading habits, but we wanted to test this assumption and find out more. Does having a library help make a child more likely to read for pleasure at school? And what about at home? Does having a library impact a child’s attitude towards reading?

Measuring the impact of thousands of libraries across multiple countries is quite a formidable undertaking, but with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we commissioned an independent, external research team to examine our libraries in Laos, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Zambia, and South Africa. Across all six countries, the evaluator visited more than 2,400 schools and interviewed more than 20,000 children. Study: Good School Libraries Affect Test Scores. Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A study released Tuesday by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians shows that the more emphasis is put on school libraries--and the learning that takes place there--the better scores students receive on standardized tests.

University of South Carolina Professor Dr. Karen Gavigan outlined the studies five areas of importance at a press conference Tuesday morning. "The presence of librarians and library support staff, instructional collaboration between librarians and teachers, traditional and digital collections, library expenditures, and access to computers," she explained. The study found that the schools which had these five components had better performance on the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards. One of third-grader Tavetria Amponsah's favorite things to do is to go to the library and read. School Librarian Debbie Cooper says the learning that takes place there is guided by collaboration between her and the teachers, but driven by the students.

The South Carolina Study. School Libraries Work! Great%20Australian%20School%20Libraries%20Impact%20Report. The importance of school libraries in the Google Age. Kay Oddone In Australia, access to the internet is almost ubiquitous. In 2014–15, 85% of the Australian population aged 15 years and over were internet users, with 99% of people aged 15–17 using the internet (ABS 2016). With such widespread access to information comes the commonly asked question: now that we have Google, do we still require libraries and librarians?

This question is particularly being pressed in schools, where smartphones mean that both teachers and students carry a wealth of information in their pocket, and school budgets are increasingly stretched between a wide range of competing demands. Regular newspaper articles spread the gloomy news about the demise of the teacher librarian; articles such as 'Teacher librarians on borrowed time' in The Age (Preiss 2014) speak of funding pressures in Australian schools — but this is not just a local phenomenon.

The situation is dire, but the battle is not over yet. Scholastic's publication 'School Libraries Work! ' References. School libraries and teacher-librarians: evidence of their contribution to student literacy and learning. Dr Hilary Hughes is Senior Lecturer in the Master of Education (Teacher-Librarianship) program at QUT, an active member of QUT’s Children and Youth Research Centre and a previous Fulbright scholar-in-residence at University of Colorado Denver. She has contributed to several recently completed research projects and is currently a Chief Investigator for an ARC Linkage project entitled ‘Fostering digital participation through living labs in regional and rural Australian communities’.

International research provides compelling evidence that school libraries and teacher-librarians make a significant contribution to student literacy and learning outcomes. After summarising previous research, this article presents recent research focused on Gold Coast schools. These new Australian findings present an evidenced based snapshot of school libraries and teacher-librarians, from the principals’ perspective. The research literature Australian research Gold Coast school libraries and teacher librarians. Why are school libraries essential? (Video courtesy of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians) Student Achievement More than 60 education and library research studies have produced clear evidence that school library programs staffed by qualified school librarians have a positive impact on student academic achievement. Read more. College and Career Readiness Today’s K–12 students will compete for jobs in a global economy.

Lifelong Learners Imagine a place where all students feel welcome and encouraged to grow and learn. Students’ Success Endangered In the past eight years many school library budgets have been slashed or eliminated. Why We'll Always Need Librarians — Articulate Show. Despite offering many benefits under a single roof, today's libraries often find themselves on the fiscal chopping block, as governments look to reduce spending. Those who support slashing library funds point to the fact that use has gone down in recent years, as access to better technology in the home has gone up. But even in the face of budgetary concerns, it’s worth keeping in mind all the services these time-honored institutions still provide – and just why we invested in them in the first place.

When a library closes, a community doesn’t just lose access to millions of pages worth of carefully catalogued, freely available information, it also misses out on hundreds of useful workshops, bulletin boards chock full of valuable local resources, and a quiet place where people can learn and grow, side by side — not to mention a staff of experts whose sole mission is to make the experience as helpful (and painless) as possible. True, many of us spend increasingly less time at the library. Read. Research. Rest. Repeat.: School Libraries with Certified School Librarians MATTER!

Someone recently said to me "Well once the students all have their own Chromebooks, they won't need to come to the library. " I took a deep breath and I explained that one-to-one Chromebooks will cause even more of a demand for research and information literacy skills and a certified school librarian to teach them.It seems our world today is quick to turn to Google and social media for information without question. The library has always been a place to do and to learn HOW to perform research.

The "old" school library was a room filled with books, a few magazines, newspapers, and perhaps some slideshows and VHS tapes. Students found information in print sources alone. Library lessons focused on teaching students to use reference books to access information and how to read for information. It is frightening that people still perceive libraries this way.Today's school library is a hub of learning, a physical and virtual space. Yes we still have print materials. Many people don't care. School libraries and teacher-librarians: evidence of their contribution to student literacy and learning. School Libraries - More Important Than Ever - TechNotes Blog - TCEA.

Libraries and the innovative and imaginative librarians who run them are an invaluable part of their schools. They introduce students to a world of wisdom. They enable students to access and understand an incredible wealth of digital and traditional resources. Ultimately, they empower students to become shrewd researchers and knowledge-driven digital citizens. April is School Library Month, a celebration created by the American Association of School Librarians to promote and appreciate school librarians and the impact they have on students. TCEA is proud to support our librarian members with resources and professional development opportunities all year long.

In honor of School Library Month, we wanted to share a little of what makes libraries and librarians so critical to schools. Significant, Measurable Impact on Student Success In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim. This data isn’t unique to Pennsylvania, of course. Related. School Libraries and Their Influence on School Culture. School culture refers to the way teachers and other staff members work together and the set of beliefs, values, and assumptions they share.

A positive school climate and school culture promote students’ ability to learn (ASCD, 2017). Students, staff, administration, and parents are influential to the school culture, but so is the facility, the history, and the community. Each component can have a positive or negative effect on the school culture, but none can take the entire credit or blame for the school culture. Together, they collectively contribute. I have worked in a handful of different schools, and each school had its own culture. Is your school culture “positive” or “negative”? On the other hand, in a toxic school environment, teacher relations are often riddled with conflict, the staff doesn’t believe in the ability of the students to succeed, and a generally negative attitude prevails (Education World). School librarians CAN have an effect on school culture.

References ASCD. School Libraries, Teacher Librarians and Acceleration of. Why we need qualified teacher librarians for the digital future — Kinderling Kids Radio — music for children and families. School libraries work. Why school librarians matter: What years of research tell us - kappanonline.org. When schools have high-quality library programs and librarians who share their expertise with the entire school community, student achievement gets a boost.

By Keith Curry Lance and Debra E. Kachel Since 1992, a growing body of research known as the school library impact studies has consistently shown positive correlations between high-quality library programs and student achievement (Gretes, 2013; Scholastic, 2016). Data from more than 34 statewide studies suggest that students tend to earn better standardized test scores in schools that have strong library programs.

Further, when administrators, teachers, and librarians themselves rated the importance and frequency of various library practices associated with student learning, their ratings correlated with student test scores, further substantiating claims of libraries’ benefits. Skeptics might assume that these benefits are associated mainly with wealthier schools, where well-resourced libraries serve affluent students. References.