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The Impact of the School Library Media Center

Come discover how the School Library Media Center will benefit the students at your school!

Becky Brown

on 22 November 2013

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Transcript of The Impact of the School Library Media Center

With this information, what can you do?
The Impact of the School Library Media Center
Dr. Nancy Everhart and Susan Ballard, past presidents of the American Association of School Librarians, explain just what students will fail to gain with their list of "100 Things Kids will Miss Without School Librarians."
But, with the importance placed on student performance on standardized tests,
the foundation is beginning to crack and needs help.

Who or what can help students achieve?
The Administrators, Faculty, and students are the
foundation of any school.
Several studies have proven the impact a strong SLMC program has on student achievement.
Well, what did the studies say?
Dr. Gaver found that Students in schools with
centralized libraries managed by qualified librarians tended to score higher than students without centralized libraries or qualified librarians.

In the study, Dr. Gaver compared the test scores of students in 271 schools across thirteen states. The learning environments she investigated were schools with classroom libraries, schools with centralized libraries run by non-librarians, and schools with centralized libraries run by librarians.
Dr. Mary Gaver:
The Effectiveness of Centralized School Library Services
In 1992, Dr. Keith Lance supervised an evaluation that studied "whether school library media programs were holding their own in the push to increase academic achievement" in 220 schools in the state of Colorado ( Lance and Loertscher, 2003).
Dr. Keith Lance:
The Impact of School Library Media Centers on Academic Achievement
The results of the study indicated that:
The size of the library in terms of its staff and its collection did affect reading scores.
Achievement was affected by the presence of a professionally trained librarian who played an active instructional role
Higher levels of spending on the school library played a role in higher reading scores
Dr. Ross and Dr. Kuhlthau supervised a study that involved 39 effective school libraries across Ohio with the participants including 13,123 students in grades 3 to 12 as well as 879 faculty members. The study focused its attention on whether school libraries help students with their learning in and away from school.
Dr. Ross Todd
Dr. Carol Kuhlthau:
Student Learning through Ohio School Libraries
The findings showed that effective school libraries help students with their learning in many different ways across the different grade levels. This "help" included:
School libraries taking an active rather than passive role in students' learning.
"Helping" in a school library should include effective learning experiences through the school library staff.
An effective school library is not only informational but also transformational, formational, and leads students to create and produce knowledge.
Providing quality instruction and opportunities for success is the answer because each will provide students with much needed intellectual growth.
But, who can help make it happen?
Want to know more?
Dr. Baughman supervised a study conducted on the behalf of Simmons College in 1999. The study questioned the lack of school libraries in the state of Massachusetts and how that loss affected public education in the state, especially the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores . The results were presented in 2000 during the "MCAS AND SCHOOL LIBRARIES: MAKING THE CONNECTION" symposium.
Dr. James C. Baughman:
School Libraries and MCAS Scores
The results presented are as follows:
Across the K-12 spectrum, Schools with library programs, a program served by a full time school librarian as well support staff, programs with higher per pupil book count, programs with increased student use of the school library, and school libraries with more open hours had higher MCAS scores
At the elementary and middle school levels, students scored higher on the MCAS tests when there was a library instruction program and there were larger budgets for school library materials.
At the elementary level, students score higher on the MCAS tests when the library is aligned with the state curriculum frameworks.
In a high school setting, schools with automated collections have higher average MCAS scores.

What happens when the school library media center loses its funding?
For most making budget decisions, cutting school library budgets as well as school librarians and paraprofessionals is the easiest choice to save a small amount of money. However, those making the decisions are unaware of the impact a school library has on student achievement.

Except, the school library is one of the first places in a school that faces budget cuts.
But why?
To make this happen,
a 21st Century School Library Media Center must have the following attributes:
The 21st Century School Library Media Specialist is able to offer the school community so much than ever before!
The 21st Century School Library Media Specialist is the at the heart of learning.
The SLMS is a curriculum, instructional, and technology leader who collaborates with all members of the school community
The SLMS encourages the use of instructional technology to engage students and to improve learning, providing 24/7 access to digital information resources for the entire school community
The SLMS creates an environment that is conducive to active and participatory learning and resource-based instructional practices,
It is an essential and fully integrated part of the school community
Teaches information literacy standards integral to curriculum
Models and promotes collaborative planning and teaching
Offers a full range of information resources and services
Flexible and equitable access to learning resources
supplies the school community with collection and resources that support the curriculum
Shows commitment to intellectual freedom
Supports mission and goals of school
Adequately and professionally staffed
Ongoing administrative support
Program assessment

With funding,
the school library can evolve and become a 21st century Media Program!
Teachers want you to support the SLMC!
Students and Parents want you to support the SLMC!
Be an advocate for the school library!
It not only will benefit the students in your school today but those to come!
The studies confirm that a School Library Media Center Program is vital to any school environment.
The services and resources that are found within its walls are unparalleled.
What should a 21st Century
Media Program look like? What can it offer to your school?
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