Session: How Quality School Library Programs Support Reading
Session attendees will learn:
Best practice in utilizing school library programs to provide better access to books and texts that are reading-level appropriate.
Research that supports quality school library programs and librarians as effective strategies to improve reading and writing scores of students, particularly at-risk learners.
What is needed to create a collaborative partnership among teachers, reading specialists, and librarians that improves reading achievement among students.
Please note that some of these articles can be obtained from the POWER LIBRARY EBSCOhost database. The link below will take you to an e-card registration form so you can access the database from home or you can go through your local school or public library sites.
Creating 21st-Century Learners:A Report on Pennsylvania's Public School Libraries
This booklet is the result of a federally-funded research project completed in 2012 that examined aspects of Pennsylvania's school library programs --staffing, collections, digital resouces and technology, library access, and funding--to determine how they impacted student learning as determined by PSSA Reading and Writing test scores. [pdf version]
Pertinent findings were also related in a School Library Journal article "Latest Study: A Full-time School Librarian Makes a Critical Difference in Boosting Student Achievement".
How Do School Libraries Help Pennsylvania Students Achieve Academic Success?
Dr. Mary Kay Biagini authored this report that presents an overview of school library research and explains why school libraries and librarians are essential to student academic success. The report compares the status of school library programs in Pennsylvania with the research findings of a 2012 Keith Curry Lance IMLS-funded research study. [pdf version]
Mary Kay Biagini, Associate Professor of Library and Information Science in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of the School Library Certification Program. She analyzed the data and produced the executive report of the Pennsylvania School Library Study: Findings and Recommendations and is a frequent presenter on school library topics. Mary Kay can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Librarian's Role in Reading
The American Association of School Librarians has developed a toolkit to help librarians, teachers, and reading specialists work together to improve the reading abilities of students. The resources include Power Points, handouts, web tools, and related research and readings.