Multiple research studies have shown a positive relationship between school librarians and student achievement. The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has compiled the studies into one easy to access location:
Causality: School Librarians and Student Success: American Association of School Librarians National Research Forum, White Paper, December 2014. This white paper reports on this unprecedented convening of the nation’s leading school library and educational researchers and furthers the development of a national agenda to demonstrate the positive influences of effective state-certified school librarians and quality school library programs and learning spaces on student learning. The CLASS Forum reflects the diversity of voices in the educational field.
A 2013 "White Paper" titled Future Learning and School Libraries from Australia describing the importance and impact of teacher/school librarians in the 21st century, and pedagogical shifts to student-centered learning.
"Research from 21 studies between 1990 and 2008 shows a positive relationship between adequately staffed and resourced school library programs and student achievement, reading scores, and literacy, regardless of socioeconomic or educational levels of the community."
School Library Impact Studies 1999-2014
Library Research Service
Library Research Service research and statistics about libraries for library and education professionals
New York State Impact Study (2006-2009)
This IMLS-funded, three phase, multi-method study of the impact of New York's school libraries and librarians on student learning and motivation confirmed that in elementary schools with certified librarians, students scored significantly higher on ELA standardized tests than schools without certified librarians. For more information on each phase of this study go to:
Phase I: http://www.ala.org/aasl/slr/vol12
Phase II: http://www.ala.org/aasl/slr/vol12
Phase III: http://www.ala.org/aasl/slr/vol13
PI: Ruth V. Small, Laura J. & L. Douglas Meredith Professor and Founding Director, Center for Digital Literacy
School Libraries Work! (204 KB)
Scholastic Library Publishing report highlighting findings from studies conducted in 19 States and one Canadian Province between 1999 and 2008 on the impact of school library media centers on student achievement.
Informational Brief: Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement
New York Comprehensive Center
This digital magazine produced by AASL in partnership with American Libraries, is designed to be shared with parents, colleagues, administration, and policymakers. Includes the School Librarians Transform Learning infographic.
Messages, Ideas, and Strategies for Communicating the Value of School Library Programs and School Librarians in the 21st Century
This toolkit provides a full range of resources to help school librarians build or update plans for stakeholder support and true advocacy.
This toolkit is designed to assist the school librarian who has encountered an immediate threat to their position and/or program. The toolkit guides school librarians through building meaningful and effective stakeholder support.
The Common Core State Standards present a transformational opportunity and a call to action for school librarians. The transformational opportunity challenges school librarians to revise their programs and focus on the critical role the library can play in engaging and supporting student learning through: