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A school library research project funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to study the impact of school library programs and librarians on student achievement in Pennsylvania; edited by Debra E. Kachel
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The PA School Library Impact Research Study

This PowerPoint was used by Dr. Mary Kay Biagini and Deb Kachel to  present at the American Association of School Librarians Conference in Hartford, CT, on Friday, November 15, 2013.

 

PA School Library Impact Study on Student Achievement

These PowerPoints were presented at the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Conference in Hershey on May 3, 2013, by Mary Kay Biagini and Deb Kachel. Part 1 relates the major findings of the PA School Library research project. Part 2 provides strategies for communicating  relevant findings from the research to create talking points that resonate with specific stakeholders.

A followup article was published in School Library Monthly Vol. XXIX, No. 8 May-June 2013 with a one-page "Use This Page" entitled "Using Data to Influence Stakeholders (PDF)"

 

Proactive Strategies for Maintaining School Library Programs

Deb Kachel, as Co-Chairperson of PSLA's Legislation Committee, presented this PowerPoint to the school librarians of Berks County Intermediate Unit on October 14, 2013. Strategies included are creating parent advocates, owning and communicating the school library program, and being prepared.

 

Position Statements & Elevator Speeches

This PowerPoint was presented at the School Library Journal Institute, Philadelphia, October 26, 2012, by Deb Kachel. It discusses factors in "messaging" and stakeholders, as well as how to craft a position statement and elevator speech.

 

ALA Conference, Chicago July 2013

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This PowerPoint, similar to the one presented at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference, January 27, 2013, by Keith Curry Lance and Mary Kay Biagini, was part of a research forum presented at ALA's Annual Conference in Chicago, on July 1, 2013.

 

Hearing on School Library Funding

On August 22, 2012, the PA House Education Committee held a Hearing on School Library Funding. The Pa. School Librarians Assn. requested the hearing in order to share the findings of the 2011 PA State Board of Education's study called the Pennsylvania School Library Study. The snapshot of the state's public school library programs examined staffing, funding, collections, library access hours, and instruction. Dr. Mary Kay Biagini, University of Pittsburgh, who analyzed the data and prepared the report for the PA. State Board of Education, reviewed the findings with the House Education Committee using the following PowerPoint.

Click here for more information about the Hearing and those who testified.

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