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ERIC Number: ED570528
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 79
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
"I Wish Everyone Had a Library Like This": Year 2 Report on the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project
Sheldon, Steven B.; Davis, Marcia H.
Baltimore Education Research Consortium
This report focuses on the opening of new school libraries and their impact on schools, teachers and students after two years of implementation of the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project (Library Project). The findings build on the first report of this project and show that it is not just new facilities, but also the added features provided in the Library Project that have an immediate impact on the school community. Specifically, improvements have been seen in measures of school climate. Also, where proficiency rates in comparison schools tended to decline over time, Library Project schools tended to maintain or increase literacy skill proficiency rates. Statistically significant differences were found in schools for teachers and students in reading and the enjoyment of reading. Compared to teachers at schools with similarly renovated libraries--those renovated with state QZAB funds but without additional professional development funds, community partnerships, and modernized technology--teachers at Library Project schools reported more collaboration with the school librarian and were four times more likely to have their students use the library for research. They also reported that their library is more welcoming for students; that students enjoy going to the library more; and that the school is more conducive to reading and learning than prior to the new library. Students at Library Project schools are more interested in reading than students at comparison schools. Compared to students in schools with similarly renovated libraries, students in Library Project schools reported they "like the library more," "have a favorite book or books," and "that it is easy for them to find books they like." In-depth interviews with librarians at Library Project schools revealed some best and promising librarian practices that support student reading and literacy development. The following are appended: (1) Methodology, Data Collection Instruments, and Response Rates; (2) 2013-14 School Profiles; (3) 2013-14 Survey Comparisons; (4) Survey Data Over Time; (5) Partner Interview Summaries; (6) Program and Policy Recommendations; (7) Baseline Grade Level Literacy Benchmark Assessments for Year 3 Schools; and (8) Library Best Practices. [For the Year 1 report, "'A Library They Deserve': The Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project," see ED553144.]
Baltimore Education Research Consortium. 2701 North Charles Street Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21218. Tel: 410-516-4044; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research-practitioner Partnerships; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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 (Baltimore)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS)