[Libs-Or] How do librarians impact student achievement?

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Thu Mar 15 16:05:43 PDT 2018

Hi Kelly,

I'm not sure what information you collected already.

There's a body of research called "school library impact studies" that should prove helpful. You can Google that, but here are some starting points:

  *   Library Research Service: https://www.lrs.org/data-tools/school-libraries/impact-studies/
  *   School Libraries Work! (2016) by Scholastic (you have to enter an email address to download the PDF): http://www.scholastic.com/SLW2016/
  *   Executive summary of Dr. Lance's Oregon study from 2001: https://ola.memberclicks.net/assets/OASL/documents/oregonstudyexecutivesummary.pdf
     *   Good findings, like this: "Whatever the current level of development of a school’s library media (LM) program, these findings indicate that incremental improvements in its staffing, collections, and budget will yield incremental increases in reading scores."
     *   The full study can be borrowed from the State Library.
  *   AASL's journal, School Library Research: http://www.ala.org/aasl/pubs/slr


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From: Libs-Or [libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] on behalf of Bryan Miyagishima [miyagib at linnbenton.edu]
Sent: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 4:00 PM
To: Kelly Knudsen
Cc: libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Subject: Re: [Libs-Or] How do librarians impact student achievement?

Hi Kelly - I encourage you to contact Tina Hovekamp (thovekamp at cocc.edu<mailto:thovekamp at cocc.edu>) and Tracy Scharn (scharnt at wou.edu<mailto:scharnt at wou.edu>) who have compiled some resources on this very topic.

Bryan Miyagishima, LBCC Library

On Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 2:01 PM, Kelly Knudsen <kelly_knudsen at ddsd40.org<mailto:kelly_knudsen at ddsd40.org>> wrote:
Hello all,

I've been asked by my principal to share research on how librarians improve student achievement.

I've found a few great sources and links but am wondering if anyone here has any ideas or places to look?

I have until next Tuesday March 20 to put this together.

Any info you have will be greatly appreciated.

My job is part of Measure 98 (see attachment) and the administrators here need to report soon. They need this info for the justification for my job! Currently I am one of two high school librarians in a district with 10 elementary schools and 3 middle schools, all staffed with Library Media assistants.

Thank you for your anticipated help!

Kelly Knudsen
Library Media Specialist
David Douglas High School
Fir Ridge ext. 3799

"Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you the right one."
~Neil Gaiman

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