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ERIC Number: EJ938627
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-2166-160X
Making an Impact with Impact Studies
Marcus, Adam; Leman, Melissa
School Library Monthly, v28 n1 p11-13 Sep-Oct 2011
Until last year, PS 32 in Brooklyn, New York, had no working library for children. The 2009 graduating class of fifth graders had gone through their entire elementary school experience without checking out a book or doing research in a well-equipped school library. The library collection was limited. The shelves were half-empty. Books were shelved in a random and haphazard fashion. The room was cluttered, dark, and depressing-looking. But, since September 2009, the room has been transformed, and there's been a great deal of student buzz about the "new" school library. The student buzz centers on the new look and feel of the space. Then, in December 2009, the first books were checked out; the first in seven years. This article discusses the School Library Impact Study Project which provides information that not only communicates the tremendous impact libraries have on student learning and achievement but also highlights the impacts in each state. Decision makers can see that nationwide, children benefit from high quality library programs in their schools as well as see the connection at their state level. Libraries need advocates beyond the librarian, and the Impact Studies provide important information to help others see the importance of school libraries.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York