School libraries contribute significantly to students’ learning. Research shows the impact of school libraries on student learning and achievement. Several common factors have been identified, including:
The research focuses on learning outcomes, using an evidence-based practice approach. To find out more about what this means, and how you can generate data to create evidence in your school, along with the difference an outcomes-focused approach can make, here are some links to recent research.
See also the 21st Century Literacy and Inquiry section of this website for further information on how your school library can support Inquiry.
Where stated these articles are available through EPIC via TKI. You will have to use your school login and password to access EPIC databases.
Geitgey G, Tepe, A. Can You Find the Evidence-Based Practice in Your School Library? Library Media Connection [serial online]. March 2007; 25(6): 10. Available from: MasterFILE Premier, Ipswich, MA. Accessed April 25, 2010.
Loertscher, David V, Koechlin, Carol, Zwaan, Sandi. (2008). The New Learning Commons Where Learners Win: Reinventing School Libraries and Computer Labs. Hi Willow.
Logan, Debra Kay. (2008). Putting students first: we must change the focus of our messages from school libraries to student learning and achievement. American Libraries 39.1-2: 56+. EPIC General OneFile. Web. Accessed 14 Apr. 2010.
Martineau P. (February 2010) SCHOOL LIBRARIANS: Vital Educational Leaders. Education Digest [serial online]. 75(6): 4. Available from: EPIC MasterFILE Premier, Ipswich, MA. Accessed April 14, 2010.
Scott, Kristen J., and Lee A. Plourde. (2007) School libraries and increased student achievement: what’s the big idea? Education 127.3 (2007): 419+. EPIC General OneFile. Web. Accessed 14 Apr. 2010.
Todd R. The evidence-based manifesto. School Library Journal [serial online]. April 2008; 54(4): 38. Available from: MasterFILE Premier, Ipswich, MA. Accessed April 25, 2010.
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