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ERIC Number: ED553144
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Pages: 60
Abstractor: As Provided
"A Library They Deserve": The Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project
Sheldon, Steven B.; Davis, Marcia H.; Connolly, Faith
Baltimore Education Research Consortium
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has partnered with Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC) to complete a series of reports examining the implementation and impact of the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project (Library Project). This report on the first year of the project examines the experiences of the principals, librarians, teachers, and students at the three schools that received new libraries. Also, teachers' and students' perceptions of their school library were compared across the Library Project and comparison schools. Findings of the report include: (1) all three schools with a new library viewed them as inviting, attractive, and well-resourced spaces; (2) a knowledgeable, skilled, and motivated library staff is essential to maximizing the potential of these new libraries; (3) librarians and teachers need additional professional development to best integrate the library technology into instruction; and (4) the community partnerships initiated through this project are adding significant resources to the education of students in these schools. The implications for the school district and future efforts are discussed. The following are appended: (1) Survey Instruments and Response Rates; (2) Teacher Survey Responses; (3) Student Survey Responses; and (4) Interview Protocols.
Baltimore Education Research Consortium. 2701 North Charles Street Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21218. Tel: 410-516-4044; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research-practitioner Partnerships
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Authoring Institution: Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC)
Identifiers - Location: Maryland