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The Decline and Evolution of the School Librarian - Schools are losing libraries, and this article discusses this fact. This is an article by Hallie Goldin in CityLab, Sept. 4, 2019.
School Library Support Staff: A Vital Role. Declining Numbers - An article by April Witteveen in School Library Journal, October 1, 2018.
Schools See a Steep Drop in Librarians - this is an article from Education Week by By Sarah D. Sparks and Alex Harwin, May 16, 2018.
School Librarian, Where Art Thou? An article by Keith Curry Lance in School Library Journal, March 16, 2018.
Changing Times: School Librarian Staffing Status - an article by Debra E. Kachel and Keith Curry Lance in Teacher Librarian, April, 2018. Marked losses in school librarian positions.
Average Book Prices 2021 - From School Library Journal, May 20, 2021
SLJ's Average Book Prices 2020 - May. 2020. You may need to register to view this.
School Library Statistics - From the National Center for Educational Statistics. These are dated.
General School Library Statistics Prior to 2018 - This is a continuation of the above list. General comments on school library studies
Information Empowered: The School Librarian as an Agent of Academic Achievement
in Alaskan Schools - Study published in 1999.
Statistics about California School Libraries - Results of annual data
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.".
Colorado School Library Statistics - Statistics collection started in 1998 and continuing to the present.
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.
Colorado School Libraries and the Use of Web Technologies, 2011-2012
The Future of Delaware School Libraries - A master plan. Libraries are understaffed and underfunded. August, 2017
The Delaware School Library Study - April, 2006
Florida Library Media Survey 2018
Idaho School Library Impact Study - 2009
The Status of School Library Programs in Illinois by Lou Ann Jacobs. This is a snapshot of the results in a special issue of Illinois Libraries, Fall, 2006. This issue is dedicated to school libraries and is in pdf format.
Powerful Libraries Make Powerful Learners - A study of Illinois School Libraries by Keith Curry Lance which was published in 2005.
2018 Status Report on Indiana School Libraries One half of Indiana students have no certified teacher librarian in their school.
The Study of Reading in Indiana Middle, Junior and High Schools - There is a section in this report on school libraries. 2004
Make the Connection: Quality School Library Programs Impact Academic Achievement in Iowa - Study by Marcia J. Rodney, Keith Curry Lance and Christine Hamilton-Pennell, 2002. The survey found that "Iowa reading test scores rise with the development of school library media programs". The study is available in pdf format.
The Massachusetts School Library Study - Report of Findings and Recommendations of the Special Commission On School Library Services in Massachusetts, March, 2018.
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.
The Impact of Michigan School Librarians on Academic Achievement - 2003. This is a pdf file.
Amid a literacy crisis, Michigan’s school librarians have all but disappeared - 92% of the schools do not employ a full time certified librarian. The decline in school librarians between 2000 and 2016 was one of the sharpest in the country. This article by Koby Levin is from Chalkbeat, August 8, 2019
The New Jersey School Library Survey - 2011
The Impact of New York's School Libraries on Student Achievement and Motivatation: Phase I - An article by Ruth V. Small, Jaime Snyder, and Katie Parker in School Library Media Research, Vol. 12, 2009,
What Happens to Literacy Rates as Librarians Disappear - an article in Digital Education by Ann Doss Helms, Nov. 9, 2015. This describes library staffing in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina.
The Pennsylvania School Library Project - You will find links to research studies in Pennsylvania here.
SC Study Shows Link Between School Librarians and Higher Test Scores An article by Karen Gavigan and Keith Curry Lance in School Library Journal, July, 2016.
The Impact of School Librarians and Library Programs on Academic Achievement of Students: The South Carolina Study - 2014
Texas School Libraries : Standards,
Resources, Services, and Students' Performance - A survey of school libraries in Texas, 2001. One of the
findings is that students in schools with librarians did better on standardized tests than students from schools
with no librarians.
Statistical Analysis of Texas school library collections, 2011
Certified Teacher-Librarians, Library Quality and Student Achievement in Washington State Public Schools. - The Washington State school impact study, April, 2015. "Students who attend schools with certified teacher-librarians and quality library facilities perform better on standardized tests and are more likely to graduate, even after controlling for school size and student income level."
Student Learning Through Wisconsin School Library Media Centers: Library Media Specialist Survey Report -2006 Report prepared for the Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Wyoming School Libraries Surveys
School Library Impact Studies - Conducted by
Library Research Services.
Australia and New Zealand
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