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Burns, Elizabeth A.; Dawkins, April M. – School Library Research, 2021
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) recently released standards to guide the practice of school librarians. The "National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries" (2018) were put forward as a single text with integrated frameworks. One year later, the "ALA/AASL/CAEP School…
Descriptors: Librarians, School Libraries, Library Education, National Standards
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Thompson, Jessica; Barthlow, Michelle; Paynter, Kelly – School Library Research, 2021
Teacher self-efficacy, the belief teachers have that they can make a difference for their students or have a positive impact on their students' academic careers, has been studied for years. Very little is known about teacher self-efficacy in school librarians, however. The following study examined the difference in school librarians' teacher…
Descriptors: Librarians, School Libraries, Self Efficacy, Elementary Schools
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Kammer, Jenna; King, Matt; Donahay, Allison; Koeberl, Heather – School Library Research, 2021
This qualitative meta-analysis explored the nature of successful collaboration between teachers and school librarians. Three action research studies of school librarians who integrated instruction or curriculum through collaboration with teachers are examined to understand more about what strategies made the collaboration successful. Strategies…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, Elementary School Teachers
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Wood, Clare; Clark, Christina; Teravainen-Goff, Anne; Rudkin, Georgina; Vardy, Emma – School Library Research, 2020
Although it has been argued that school libraries are important for supporting the reading engagement of pupils who receive free school meals, to date there has been little analysis of the extent to which use of school library spaces is related to these pupils' reading behaviors. We analyzed data from 6,264 children and young adults in the United…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Literacy, Psychological Patterns, Low Income Students
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Leung, Lok-Man; Chiu, Dickson; Lo, Patrick – School Library Research, 2020
The purpose of the research was to explore the collaboration between public libraries and schools in Hong Kong from the perspective of school librarians. Three school librarians were interviewed (semi-structured), and their responses were thematically analyzed. Collaboration between public libraries and the three schools was well received and…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Public Libraries, Librarians, Institutional Cooperation
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Soulen, Rita Reinsel – School Library Research, 2020
School librarians occupy a unique position to offer supports for first-year teachers to build teachers' resilience, reduce their burnout, and ensure retention. Fifteen school librarians recruited twenty-six new teachers in their schools to form the treatment group. A comparison group of twenty-six new teachers were matched by initial scores on a…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Beginning Teachers, Librarian Teacher Cooperation
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DiScala, Jeffrey; Burns, Elizabeth A.; Kimmel, Sue C. – School Library Research, 2020
This article is an exploratory study of graduate-level instruction on research designs and methods for pre-service school librarians (PSSLs). Using a focus group of one cohort of PSSLs, we examine students' perceptions of understanding research methods, course content and delivery, and self-reported application of new knowledge from a sequence of…
Descriptors: Librarians, Library Education, Graduate Students, Student Attitudes
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Sultanik, Alyssa G. – School Library Research, 2020
Genrefying a library's fiction collection is a common practice in school libraries. However, there is little research to explain the benefits or drawbacks of this practice. Using a within-subjects/time-series action research design, this study was conducted to understand more about the impact of genrefying the fiction collection in a single…
Descriptors: Literary Genres, Classification, Library Materials, School Libraries
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Burns, Elizabeth A. – School Library Research, 2020
Reflection is a skill educators of school librarians hope to foster in their students. Widely used in teacher preparation (Hodgins 2014), reflective journaling is a pedagogical strategy that aligns with the text-based nature of library and information studies coursework, especially as more library schools move online (Kymes and Ray 2012). This…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Reflection, Journal Writing
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Dawkins, April M.; Gavigan, Karen W. – School Library Research, 2019
When school librarians justify the purchase of electronic books (e-books) for their collections, they need to understand e-book usage patterns and whether or not e-books are meeting the recreational and informational needs of their students and teachers. Although a sizeable body of research is available examining the circulation and usage of…
Descriptors: Books, Electronic Publishing, Library Materials, School Libraries
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Phillips, Abigail L.; Lee, Victor R. – School Library Research, 2019
In 2015 the Utah State Legislature passed H.B. 213, "Safe Technology Utilization and Digital Citizenship in Public Schools," mandating that K-12 schools provide digital citizenship instruction. This study presents an exploratory endeavor to understand how school librarians in a state that adopted digital citizenship legislation engage…
Descriptors: State Surveys, School Libraries, Librarian Attitudes, Library Role
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Boulden, Danielle Cadieux; Pellegrino, Lauren; Gerakios, Joanna – School Library Research, 2019
The school librarian has a critical role to play in the 21st-century school learning environment. However, because of the constant changes in K-12 school environments and the difficult decisions administrators must make about allocating money to best help students, school librarians must rigorously document their professional growth and impact.…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Professional Development, Action Research
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Crary, Sarah – School Library Research, 2019
Information literacy skills are needed to help solve real-world problems, but K-12 students lack these skills. The purpose of the study was to use Michael Fullan's (2007) Change Theory initiation phase to investigate teachers' perceptions of their own openness to change and about collaboration between a school librarian and a teacher in the…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Change, Librarian Teacher Cooperation
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Kimmel, Sue C.; Mardis, Marcia A.; Pribesh, Shana; Pasquini, Laura A.; Schulz-Jones, Barbara; Jones, Faye R.; Wine, Lois D.; Colson, Lenese M. – School Library Research, 2019
How do we define a high-quality school librarian? Decades of educational researchers have attempted to link teacher characteristics--such as how teachers are prepared, which credentials they carry, and years of experience--to student outcomes. These researchers have contended that individual educator attributes may have a direct effect on what and…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Library Education, Certification
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Reed, Karen Nourse; Oslund, Eric L. – School Library Research, 2018
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has created additional opportunities for school librarians to collaborate with classroom teachers, reading specialists, and other educators in support of schools' literacy goals. This potential for expanded collaboration suggests a need for increased focus on reading instruction as part of the school…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Team Teaching, Literacy Education
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