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School Library Impact Studies Project


The first edition of this booklet was developed in by the Spring 2011 class of LSC 5530, School Library Advocacy, of the School Library & Information Technologies Graduate Program, Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA. The purposes was to summarize findings from the landmark body of research known as the "school library impact studies." Students summarized almost all of the major research reports, indexed them by school library program component in a chart, and selected significant findings from each.

The revised edition of this work was published in June 2013, with the assistance of graduate student Mary Jo Cooper. Five new studies were examined and added resulting in a revised edition. Some of the original information was removed and more current information highlighted.

The Background on the School Library Impact Studies

Begun in the early 1990's by Dr. Keith Curry Lance and his associates at the Colorado Department of Education and the University of Denver, these reports primarily correlated standardized language arts test scores of students to components of school library programs, such as staffing, budgets, collections, etc. To date, 23 states and one Canadian province, Ontario, have conducted similar research by a variety of researchers.

Linked below are both the original 2011 booklet and the revised 2013 edition.

School Library Research Summarized: A Graduate Class Project. Rev ed. 2013.

Addendum to the 2013 edition Missing from the WORKS CITED (pages 8-10)
Eye, John. The Relationship between School Library Media Programs and Student Achievement on Standardized Reading Tests in Utah. Diss. U of South Carolina, 2003. Print

School Library Research Summarized: A Graduate Class Project. 2011.

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