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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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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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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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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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Ross, Natalie Hoyle – School Library Research, 2018
This paper reports findings of a qualitative collective case study and single case study that explored student reading motivation. This research focused on school librarians' perceived value of one children's choice award--the Bluestem Award--and its effect on school librarians' promotions and student behavior in the school library. Data were…
Descriptors: Reading Motivation, School Libraries, Librarians, Library Role
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Taylor, Natalie Greene; Moore, Jennifer; Visser, Marijke; Drouillard, Colette – School Library Research, 2018
As young people increasingly need computer science (CS) and other related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) skills, libraries have been identified as spaces in which this learning can occur. However, librarians often perceive they lack the skills or confidence required to lead this type of education. As a result, funding sources,…
Descriptors: Computation, Thinking Skills, Library Education, Graduate Study
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Garrison, Kasey L.; FitzGerald, Lee; Sheerman, Alinda – School Library Research, 2018
Guided Inquiry (GI) is an emerging pedagogy based on the Information Search Process (ISP), a research-based information-literacy model identified by Carol C. Kuhlthau (1985, 1988a, 1988b, 1988c, 1989b) and operationalized by the Guided Inquiry Design (GID) process (Kuhlthau, Maniotes, and Caspari 2007, 2012, 2015). This study investigated…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Student Attitudes, Grade 9
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Frye, Julie Marie – School Library Research, 2018
Many studies have analyzed the occupational socialization of public school educators, including principals and school teachers; however, very few studies have documented or synthesized the experience of novice school librarians. This study contributes to the understanding of novice school librarians' professional identities by analyzing their…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Work Environment, Personal Narratives
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Moeller, Robin A.; Becnel, Kim – School Library Research, 2018
In light of the recent focus on diversity in books for youth as exemplified by movements such as "We Need Diverse Books" and "Reading Without Walls," the authors sought to understand how race is depicted in graphic novels for teens. A textual analysis was conducted on a sample of books from the Young Adult Library Services…
Descriptors: Novels, Cartoons, Race, Young Adults
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Johnston, Melissa P.; Green, Lucy Santos – School Library Research, 2018
In 2003 Delia Neuman wrote "Research in School Library Media for the Next Decade: Polishing the Diamond." One of the most influential pieces on school library research written in the last twenty years, the article provided a map for school library research by defining areas of concern and importance. Neuman developed questions grounded…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Research, Library Services, Media Specialists
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Scott, Rebecca; Inskip, Charles – School Library Research, 2017
This paper reports the findings of a small-scale qualitative study that explored the perceptions of and approaches used by UK school librarians and teachers in the design and use of reading lists. The research question was: "What is the best way to construct reading lists to maximize their benefit in the school library or classroom?" The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Qualitative Research, Reading Lists, School Libraries
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