The materials referred to in this column are related to Information power and the impact of teacher-librarians on student achievement.
Archived AskERIC Responses:
Do school libraries have a positive impact on students? http://www. askeric.org/cgibin/printresponses.cgi/ Virtual/Qa/archives/Librarianship/ School_Libraries/libraryimpact.html
Does having a professional school media specialist on staff increase student achievement? http://www. askeric.org/cgi-bin/printresponses.cgi/ Virtual/Qa/archives/Librarianship/ Library_Staffing/librarystaff.html
What do students need in order to succeed? "See Dick and Jane go to the head of the class" by Christine Hamilton Pennell, Keith Curry Lance, Marcia Rodney and Eugene Hainer (April 1, 2000) insists they need strong library programs. See: http://www.slj. com/articles/articles/20000401_ 7475.asp
"Why we are kids' best assets" by Patrick Jones is available at: http://slj. reviewsnews.com/index.asp?layout= article&articleid=CA179493
Library Research Service's school library impact studies conducted in Alaska, Colorado and Pennsylvania in 2000 show that teacher-librarians and libraries help kids perform better on standardized tests. See: http://www.lrs. org/html/about/school_studies.html
A study of Texas school libraries published in April 2001 demonstrated higher TAAS performance at all educational levels in schools with librarians than in schools without librarians. See: http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/ld/pubs/ schlibsurvey/index.html
From ERIC Digest, "Proof of the power: Recent research on the impact of school library media programs on the academic achievement of U.S. public school students" (2001) is available at: http://www.ericit.org/digests/EDO-IR-2001-05.shtml
From ERIC Digest, "The impact of school library media centers on academic achievement" (1994) is available at: http://www.ed.gov/databases/ ERIC_Digests/ed372759.html
American Association of School Librarians (AASL). 50 E. Huron St., Chicago IL 60611. Toll-free: 1-800-545-2433, by e-mail: AASL@ala.org, or visit http://www.ala.org/aasl/index.html
International Association of School Librarianship (IASL). Ste 300, Box 34069, Seattle WA 98124-1069. Fax: 604-925-0566, by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.iasl-slo.org/. Their mission is to provide an international forum for those people interested in promoting effective school library programs as viable instruments in the educational process. IASL also provides guidance and advice for the development of school library programs and the school library profession.
Information power: Building partnerships for learning. Published by AASL/AECT. Includes the Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning that will help students become skilful producers and consumers of information along with the guidelines and principles that will help librarians create a dynamic, student-centered program. To Order: ALA Order Fulfillment, 155 N. Wacker Dr. Chicago, IL 60606 Toll Free: 1/800-545-2433, press 7. To see table of contents (including excerpts), visit http://www.ala.org/ aasl/ip_toc.html. To find out about other Information power publications and products, visit http://www.ala. org/aasl/ip_products.html
Information empowered: The school librarian as an agent of academic achievement in Alaska schools, revised edition by Keith Curry Lance, Christine Hamilton Pennell and Marcia Rodney (2000) offers an assessment of the impact of Alaska school librarians on academic achievement in the state's public schools. Drawing on a 1997-98 survey of library resource centers in 211 Alaska public schools, the study examines the direct relationship between such staffing and student performance and identifies selected activities of library staff that affect test scores. Other conditions of library resource center operation were also considered as potential predictors of academic achievement. …