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Research into Teacher-Librarianship

What research has been conducted about teacher-librarianship?

Does having a teacher-librarian make a difference to a school and its students?

This page examines research studies which focus on the effects of librarianship in schools in an attempt to answer the question: When school boards are needing to make the most of limited resources, are teacher-librarians worth having?

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"Regardless of how rich or poor a community is, students tend to perform better on reading tests where and when their library programs are in the hands of endorsed librarians. Having a certified, highly qualified professional has repeatedly correlated to increased student achievement in decades of studies of both quantitative and qualitative measures (Kachel, 2011). Furthermore, at schools where library programs gain or maintain an endorsed librarian when school budgets get tight, students tend to excel. At schools where library programs lose or never had an endorsed librarian, students suffer as a result (Lance & Hofschire, 2012)."

Lance and Hofschire "Students scored at the advanced level in 45% of the schools that retained qualified librarians and 49% where schools added qualified librarians (2012). By contrast, only 33% of schools that lost librarians had students who performed at advanced levels and only 29% where schools never had certified librarian staffing."

"By using the campus librarian’s expertise in technology and teaching, school administrators and teachers can bump up student achievement levels on standardized tests (Hartzell, 2002; Lance, 2001; Lance, 2002). Librarians can open the largest classroom in the building for 24-hour student access. He or she also can provide resources for any and all lessons, including Common Core needs, and the librarian can be a go-to person for professional development. Learning today is information-fueled. Librarians are great filling stations to provide that fuel to students, teachers, and the entire campus. Librarians instruct information consumers to evaluate and apply information in ethical ways to build knowledge. The resources that supply the information are managed, explained, and made accessible by librarians who apply instructional strategies for effective learning. Without a librarian, the fuel might just dry up. "

The biggest classroom in the building 
Tricia Kuon, Juanita Flores, and Janie Pickett
March 30, 2014


Why school librarians matter: What years of research tell us
Keith Curry Lance and Debra E. Kachel
March 26, 2018

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Libraries Matter: Impact Research


Lots listed at this site:



10 Reasons Librarians Are More Important Than Ever

Erin Wilkey Oh
Executive Editor, Education Content and Distribution
April 08, 2019

The Loss of School Librarians Is Hurting Kids (and Teachers)
Lower grades, less parent involvement, and more.
Samantha Cleaver on July 11, 2019 in We Are Teachers

Morris Gleitzman on the uniquely contributive role of school libraries
By Morris Gleitzman in Schools Catalogue Information Service Issue 109, Term 2 2019

Lots more at this website:

Rosen calls for libraries in schools to be made compulsory
Published October 22, 2019 by Katherine Cowdrey in The Bookseller

All schools need a certified librarian to help improve academic achievement | Opinion
Posted Sep 12, 2019 By Thomas P. Murt in Penn Live

School Libraries Empower Students
From individual discovery to before and after school time, they are more than the quiet spaces you may remember
Joy Mancuso-Mohsen
Feb 27, 2019

Guest Column: Schools need professional librarians
By Mary Keeling and Laurie Nordahl Dec 19, 2019 in The Astorian

Role of school libraries, librarians has evolved says president of state association [Q&A]
Libraries are 'the great equalizer.' says Cathi Fuhrman, Hempfield School District library department supervisor
MARY ELLEN WRIGHT | Staff Writer Sep 6, 2019

“Could do better” – School Librarians deliver their report card to Education Minister Nick Gibb
15 October 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gus MacDonald

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