Academics, library associations, government agencies and others around the world are publishing very interesting and useful research about school libraries, learning and pedagogical models.
Follow the links below to new and updated research from national and international sources.
Australian School Library Survey 2013: Findings from Softlink’s 2013 Australian School Library Survey into school library budgets, staffing, and literacy levels in Australian school libraries (PDF)
In 2013 Softlink conducted the fourth annual Australian School Library Survey. This paper outlines the findings from the survey into Australian school library budgets, qualified staffing levels and NAPLAN literacy results. The outcomes again show the correlation between school library budgets and literacy levels, an issue facing schools and their libraries worldwide.
IFLA Trend Report (2013)
Spanning access to education, privacy, civic engagement and transformation, the IFLA Trend Report aims to map broad societal changes occurring, or likely to occur in the information environment. The Report reflects a year’s consultation with experts and stakeholders representing different disciplines from around the world and explores the question:
“How will we access, use and benefit from information in an increasingly hyper-connected world?"
The authors identify five top level trends they believe will play a key role in shaping our future information ecosystem:
- New Technologies will both expand and limit who has access to information
- Online education will democratise and disrupt global learning
- The boundaries of privacy and data protection will be redefined
- Hyper-connected societies will listen to and empower new voices and groups
- The global information environment will be transformed by new technologies
PEW Internet and American Life Project: Libraries (US)
Research and innovative thinking exploring libraries, reading and literacy in the digital age.
NMC Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 edition (US) (PDF)
This fifth edition in the annual K-12 series of the NMC Horizon Project examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in pre-college education. Six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years. Along with key trends and challenges expected to continue over the same period
Core Educations ten trends 2013 (NZ)
Core Education’s prognosis on ten major ICT trends that will make an impact upon education in New Zealand (and other parts of the world) in the coming year. CORE has identified how each trend will impact the way early childhood centres, schools and tertiary institutions in New Zealand embrace and adopt eLearning technologies and practices in the coming year.
Future learning and school libraries. Australian School Library Association (2013) (PDF)
This paper provides information to support decision making for future focused learning in Australian school libraries and seeks to enhance understanding of international trends for Australian schooling. It also argues for rigorous evaluation and explores the contribution school libraries and teacher librarians can make to student learning.
Inquiry into 21st century learning environments and digital literacy: report of the Education and Science Committee (2012) (NZ)
This inquiry investigates and provides recommendations on the best structures, tools, and communities in rural and urban New Zealand to help students and educators attain the knowledge and skills, such as digital literacy, the 21st century demands.
School libraries: a plan for improvement. National Literacy Trust (2011) (UK) (PDF)
This report analyses why school libraries fail to fulfil their potential in the education sector and how to increase their contribution in the challenging times ahead.
School libraries: what’s now, what’s next, what’s yet to come (2011)
A crowdsourced collection of over 100 essays from around the world about trends in school libraries written by librarians, teachers, publishers, and library vendors. Edited by Kristin Fontichiaro and Buffy Hamilton.
School libraries 21C: Report of the School libraries 21C online discussion, commissioned by School Libraries and Information Literacy Unit, Curriculum K–12 Directorate, NSW Department of Education and Training (2010) (AU)
This report contains responses from the School Libraries 21C online discussion exploring the status and future of school libraries in New South Wales government schools. Ross Todd and Lyn Hay set up the forum as part of the School Libraries Futures Project with a view to identifying directions, challenges, and support for continuous improvement.
Together with findings and commentary based on blog responses the report has a set of key recommendations. These are aimed at providing individuals, school communities, and the system with a way forward in envisioning the future for school libraries within the NSW Department of Education and Training.
Together for learning: school libraries and the emergence of the learning commons. Ontario School Library Association (2010) (CA) (PDF)
“The relationship between new communication tools and our students is what schools and libraries need to absorb and embrace. The Learning Commons provides direction in the face of this great change. The Learning Commons provides schools, school libraries, educators and students with the increased flexibility and breadth of control needed for the challenges ahead”