Libraries at the Crossroads - A PEW research study, Sept. 15, 2015. The American public believes that libraries should offer new services, and two thirds of those polled say that closing libraries would have a major impact on the community. Eighty five per cent of respondents believe that public libraries should work more closely with school libraries.
Teens, Social Media, and Technology - From the Pew Research Center, April, 2015. 92% of teens go online daily. 71% use more than one social networking site with Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat being the most popular.
Kids and Family Reading Report - From Scholastic, Jan. 2015. How often do children read for fun? What books do they enjoy the most? How do they feel about e-books? This report provides answers to these questions.
What Kids are Reading 2015 - 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 a section on the text complexity of student reading which indicates that students may not have the ability to read college textbooks after graduating from high school.
Children's and Young People's Reading 2014 - A survey by the British National Literacy Trust. In this extensive survey, the reading of text messages, emails, and web sites are included in the analysis of reading done by young people.
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.
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.
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.
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.