Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Technology and School Libraries Impact

Technology is playing a greater role in the school library, with digital collections replacing encyclopedias and books and a growing focus on libraries as collaboration centers. Studies have shown that this shift can be effective in improving teaching and learning, especially if teachers and school librarians work together. A 2012 Institute of Museum and Library Services study that spanned 10 years analyzed library conditions and their impact on learning and literacy development in two Philadelphia neighborhoods. The researchers found that, when comparing a poor community with an affluent community, “children with early access to print and technology continue to build and gain knowledge. Children who don’t have early access enter school far behind and are taught the ‘basics.’”  
Schwarz, B., & Lance, K. (2013). Pennsylvania School Libraries Pay Off: Investments in Student Achievement and Academic Standards. PA School Library Project. 

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