Early Reading Proficiency in the United States - a study of fourth grades by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, January, 2014. Reading proficiency has improved, but there are still disparities based on race, income, and for dual language learners.
Younger Americans' Library Habits and Expectations - A Pew study of reading and library use by Americans ages 16 - 29. They are all online, but they still visit libraries and more have read a paper book than older Americans. They are also users of library web sites. This study is dated June 25, 2013.
What Kids Are Reading 2013 - This is a study done by Renaissance Learning (the producer of Accelerated Reader) on the most popular books read by students in grades 1-12. There is also a report on required high school reading from 1907 to the present.
The State of America's Libraries 2013 - a report issued April, 2013 by the American Library Association. Libraries continue to provide resources as their budgets are being reduced. They are also meeting challenges to books, and are advocating free access to digital resources.
Remodeling Literacy Learning - a report from the National Center for Literacy Education which was issued on March 19, 2013. The report shows that the components for literacy education are in place, but more time for planning is needed. School librarians play a critical role in literacy education through their collaboration with colleagues and through the professional development which they conduct.
Teens and Technology 2013 - A survey by the Pew Research Center released March 13, 2013. Teens are increasingly accessing the internet from mobile devices, and one in four access the internet only from their smart phone.
Library Services in the Digital Age - From the Pew Internet and American Life Project, Jan. 22, 2013. Americans want their public libraries to have both books and technology. 85% of Americans over 16 want the public library to coordinate more closely with public schools. 91% of Americans find public libraries important to both them and their families.
Public Libraries in the United States - A report issued on Jan. 22, 2013 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Use of libraries is up although funding is down. Public libraries are circulating more books, offering more technology and more programs.
How Teens Do Research in a Digital World - A study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, November, 2012. The majority of teachers surveyed believe that the Internet is creating a generation of easily distracted students with short attention spans.
Are US Students Ready to Compete ? - A study comparing the proficiency of US students with those in the rest of the world. Thirty one per cent of US students are proficient in reading, and the US ranks 17th among the 65 countries that participated. This study is by Paul E. Peterson, Carlos Xabel Lastra-Anadon, Eric A. Hanushek and Ludger Woessmann, Fall, 2011.
Librarians in the U.S. from 1880-2009 - Based on US census data. There is information on the number of librarians, salaries, age, and more. This is from the Oxford University Press blog, June 20, 2011.
Global Library Statistics - "These statistics that represent the total global library universe include data, if available, for the total number of libraries, librarians, volumes, expenditures, and users for every country and territory in the world broken down into the major library types: academic, public, school, special and national." This site is by OCLC.
Haves, Halves, and Have-Nots: School Libraries and Student Achievement in California - This is a doctoral dissertation by Doug Achterman, 2008. "This descriptive, non-experimental study examines the strength of the relationship between California school library media programs and student achievement, using data from California criterion-referenced state-wide tests, publicly available school and community demographic data, and a state survey of school library programs.".
Distribution of School Librarians in Colorado - The number of school librarians in Colorado has risen, but the increase is greater in metropolitan areas than in non-metropolitan areas. This study was done in 2008. It is in pdf format.
MCAS and School Libraries: Making the Connection - The Simmons study by James C. Baughman and Mary Eldringhoff, 2000, of the impact of school libraries upon student achievement on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment test scores. Available in pdf format.
13,000 Kids Can't be Wrong - This article by Debra Lau Whelan in School Library Journal, Feb., 2004, reports on the study Student Learning Through Ohio School Libraries which was conducted by Ross Todd and Carolyn Kuhlthau. The study involved 13,000 students in grades 3 through 12, and found that 99.4 per cent of the students believed that school libraries helped them to become better learners.
Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement - In the 2012 - 2013 school year, only 17% of Philadelphia Public Schools have a professional librarian. In Pittsburgh, only 27% of schools have a full time librarian. A study was conducted of Pennsylvania School libraries in 2011 and the conclusion was "Of all the factors examined in this study, the one with the most impact on students is the presence of a full-time certified librarian in the school library". This is an article by Debra E. Kachel and Keith Curry Lance in School Library Journal, March, 2013
School Libraries and Students Achievement in Ontario - A study by the Queen's University and People for Education for the Ontario Library Association, April, 2006. The results show that the presence of a school librarian increased 3rd and 6th graders' enjoyment of reading and also their reading test scores.