Keeping Up with the Research Linking School Library Programs to Achievement

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KEEPING UP WITH THE RESEARCH LINKING SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER PROGRAMS TO ACHIEVEMENT IS A PUBLICATION THAT WAS PRESENTED AT THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION (ALA) CONFERENCE IN JUNE 2005 THIS PUBLICATION IS THE RESULT OF THE ACHIEVEMENT THREAD OF THE SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL SUMMIT CONFERENCE IN 2005 AND MAY BE REPRODUCED FREELY IN ITS TOTALITY FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES BUT NOT FOR COMMERCIAL USE WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE AUTHOR, WHO CAN BE REACHED AT DAVIDL@SLIS.SJSU.EDU. READERS CAN DOWNLOAD A PDF OF THIS DOCUMENT AT DAVID V. LOERTSCHER'S WEB SITE, WWW.DAVIDVL.ORG. THE CONTENT IS CURRENT AS OF JUNE 21, 2005 TEACHER LIBRARIAN REPRINTS THIS DOCUMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY WITH THE KIND PERMISSION OF THE AUTHOR.

Tools for Linking School Libraries to Achievement

* The most comprehensive list of measures is in Loertscher, David V. and Ross J. Todd. We Boost Achievement! Hi Willow Research and Publishing, 2003. ISBN 0-931510-93-7 available at www.lmcsource.com

* Ross J. Todd and Carol Kuhlthau are developing various measures for linking libraries to achievement. During 2005, watch their website at http://cissl.scils .rutgers.edu/

* Miller, Nancy. Impact! Hi Willow Research [t Publishing, 2004. This Excel spreadsheet allows school librarians to track collaborative efforts on a daily basis and then print out amazing reports for presentations. Available from www.lmcsource.com Nancy also expects to have a time tracking spreadsheet analysis tool available late 2005.

* The School Library Association of Great Britain has published two self-evaluation guides for school libraries in that country, one for elementary and the other for secondary. See their website at www.sla.org.uk/ The titles of the two publications are printable as PDFs and are:

a. Improve Your Library: A Self-Evaluation Process for Secondary School Libraries and Learning Resource Centers.

b. Improve Your Library: A Self-Evaluation Process for Primary Schools

Ongoing Projects Linking School Libraries to Achievement

National

* Ban Those Bird Units Research Project created by David V. Loertscher at www.davidvl.org asks school librarians and teachers to use 15 models of teaching and learning in information-rich and technology-rich information environments and report the improvement in higher-order thinking skills.

* Project Achievement created by David V. Loertscher (www.davidvl.org) asks school librarians to create measures and do action research linking their local programs to achievement and report those efforts.

* Check out the CISSL website by Ross J. Todd and Carol Kuhlthau for developments over time at http://cissl.scils .rutgers.edu/

State

1. Virginia Department of Education Office of Educational Technology.

a. Virginia Linking Libraries and Academic Achievement: Every district has to develop a plan for how they plan to teach and integrate information literacy standards, www .pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Technology/OET/library.shtml

2. Washington State

a. www.k12library.info

b. Designed to provide school librarians with the skills, tools, and training needed to make a positive impact on student achievement

c. Includes study to improve school administrators' perceptions of librarians

d. Contact Betty Marcoux at elm2@u.washington.edu

3. Ohio

a. ILILE (Ohio) Project Sails Assessing Information Literacy Skills as they enter College. Also developing an assessment for 9th grade students. Kent State University at www.ilile.org/

6. Oklahoma Study

* What do Librarians do all day? Study to track hours/ minutes spent in professional and nonprofessional activities for:

* FT School Librarians with Clerical Assistants

* FT School Librarians without clerical assistance

* Non-Professionals in school without full-time librarians

Project under the direction of Ellen Duecker, Tulsa Public Schools with Nancy Miller and David V. …