Study proclaims value of school libraries
| Dec 14, 2010
The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) has published findings from Phase 1 of its study One Common Goal: Student Learning, which shows that New Jersey school library programs staffed by certified school librarian media specialists are cost-effective in helping students achieve higher standards and are critical for the intellectual, social, and cultural development of students.
"School librarians have known for a long time that we contribute to student learning," said Judith Everitt, president of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL). "An already large body of research shows a strong positive correlation between student achievement on standardized tests and well-funded school library programs provided by certified school library media specialists."
The study found that librarians help students to master content knowledge, develop the ability to manage inquiry and research processes, become competent in deriving information from a range of resources, and develop the critical thinking processes of analyzing, organizing, and synthesizing information and representing the resulting knowledge in a variety of ways. For more information about this study, read the full news release or visit the NJASL website.