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School Libraries Work!

I adore school libraries. They were my sanctuary as a kid during the day and I hid out in my local public library at night.
The Fish Bits alerts me to the latest 2008 third edition of “School Libraries Work!”.
“School and public librarians need all the help they can to make their case for sufficient resources in support of their library program. For the last 4 years Scholastic has been updating and publishing School Libraries Work!, the research that proves the school library positively affects student achievement. Since 2004 more than 200,000 copies have been distributed. I realize they could have/should have titled this School and Public Libraries Work! The downloadable 24 page pdf document is filled with the results of research from 19 states and 1 province. This booklet can provide the backbone for your arguments in support of additional resources that will make a difference for your students. In this environment that requires that funded programs must be “research based”, this research is your lifeline. Don’t just talk – back it up with proof. The document is here for free. If you need multiple copies, call Scholastic and get some more. 1-800-621-1115.
Every librarian should have a copy of this. Nothing is worse than being so narrow than those who resist knowledge and information and innovation from all sectors of librarianship.

Posted on: March 31, 2008, 12:47 pm Category: Uncategorized

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  1. Stephen,
    Thanks for picking this up. I appreciate the reach you provide for this information. School librarians need all the support they can get. Encouraging a strong partnership between school and puiblic libraries is equally important.