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February 19, 2016

School Libraries Work! => Compendium of Research & Support Updated for 2016

For well over a decade, Scholastic has published a compendium called School Libraries Work!, and they updated it in 2016. To download your free copy, go to http://www.scholastic.com/SLW2016/index.htm. After you enter your name and work info, you will receive a download passcode by email.

This is how Scholastic describes the 30-page resource:

School Libraries Work! seeks to empower librarians, classroom teachers, school and district leaders, policy makers, parents and communities by arming them with the most powerful research-based frameworks, recommendations, and support for school library programs.

The 2016 compendium updates and builds upon the 2008 edition, reinforcing the most relevant themes from that report while highlighting recent research at both the national and state levels. All told, the research included in this compendium continues to show that school libraries and school librarians are a powerful force in the lives of America's children.

As a side note, pages 23 and 28 reference the 2001 Oregon study done by Keith Curry Lance and others.

School Libraries Work! could be useful to those who are trying to explain or demonstrate the value of strong school library programs to school and district administrators, parent groups, and more.

Thanks,
Jen

Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Oregon State Library