Read Books, Live Longer? - A study by the Yale University School of Public Health has shown that those, fifty years or older, who read 3.5 hours a week were likely to live seventeen per cent longer, and those who read 5 or more hours a week were likely to live 23 percent longer in the 12 years of the follow up study. This is from the New York Times, August 3, 2016
World Literacy - a ranking based upon the number of libraries and newspapers, education inputs and outputs, and computer availability in 60 countries. The United States ranks 7th overall; the Scandinavian countries have the best ranks. This study was conducted by Central Connecticut State University, 2016.
Libraries and Learning - A survey from the Pew Research Center finds that Americans feel that libraries are doing a good job in their community. Library use is down, and many people do not know all of the services which the library provides. April, 2016.
Lifelong Learning and Technology - This Pew study of lifelong learning finds that the majority of Americans say that they engage in lifelong learning. Lifelong learning is engaged in more by people with higher education and higher incomes. March 22, 2016.
What Kids are Reading 2016 - 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.
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.
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.
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.