Excerpts from U.S. Library Studies “Students whose library media specialists played an instructional role - either by identifying materials to be used with teachers-planned instructional units or by collaborating with teachers in planning instructional units - tend to achieve higher average test scores.” Source: Lance, Keith Curry, Christine Hamilton-Pennell, and Marcia J. Rodney with Lois A. Petersen and Clara Sitter. Information Empowered: The School Librarian as an Agent of Academic Achievement in Alaska Schools. Revised Edition. Juneau: Alaska State Library, 2000
“ At the secondary level… Nine out of ten schools (over 90 percent) with full-time librarians had more students who earned proficient or above proficient test scores. Among [secondary] schools with only part-time librarians, almost seven out of ten (almost 70 percent) had more high-achievement students—a lower proportion than for schools with full-time librarians, but a higher one than for schools with no librarian at all. Among the latter group of schools [i.e., no librarian at all], only about half (just over 50 percent) had more high-achievement students.” Source: Lance, Keith Curry, Christine Hamilton-Pennell, and Marcia J. Rodney with Lois A. Petersen and Clara Sitter. Information Empowered: The School Librarian as an Agent of Academic Achievement in Alaska Schools. Revised Edition. Juneau: Alaska State Library, 2000
“Across grade levels, better-performing schools tended to be those whose principals placed a higher value on having their library media specialist provide in-service opportunities to classroom teachers.” Source: Lance, Keith Curry, Marcia J. Rodney, and Becky Russell. How Students, Teachers, and Principals Benefit from Strong School Libraries: The Indiana Study, 2007.
“Library Media Specialist have an important role to play regarding the use of technology to support teaching and learning in their schools. Seventy-four percent of respondents provide guidance to students in the use of digital resources at least one a week.” In District 219 digital resource instruction happens multiple times on a daily basis. Source: Small, Ruth V., Jaime Snyder, and Kat Parker. New York State’s School Libraries and Library Media Specialists: An Impact Study. Preliminary Report. Syracuse, NY: Center for Digital Literacy, SyracuseUniversity, 2008.
“Students in better staffed programs [i.e., those with more library media specialists and more LMS hours] scored 8.4 to 21.8 percent higher on ACT English tests and 11.7 to 16.7 percent higher on ACT Reading tests compared to students in schools where library media programs had fewer resources.” Source: Smith, Ester G. Student Learning Through Wisconsin School Library Media Centers: Library Media Specialist Survey Report. 2006.
“Ninety percent of the students recognized that the school library had helped to boost their confidence as proficient information seekers and users, enabling them to work independently; 91.8 % of the students appreciated the school library’s help regarding working out the most important information, and sorting and analyzing information.” Source: Todd, RossJ. and Jannica Heinstrom. Report of PhaseTwo of Delaware School Library Survey: “Student Learning Through Delaware School Libraries”: Part 1: Background, Theoretical Framework, Methodology and Findings. 2006.