Tuesday, January 7, 2014

School library studies

A recent study examined high school librarians’ views on district policies that limit the use of social media tools. was determined that the way the school district presented its policies could affect how school librarians perceived and applied them. As the school district unintentionally shifted from formal to informal to implied policy documentation, this study found that the school librarians’ perceptions and applications of the policies varied substantially.
DiScala, J., & Weeks, A. (2013).  Access Denied: School Librarians’ Responses to School District Policies on the Use of Social Media Tools. School Library Research, 16. http://www.ala.org/aasl/slr

Another study investigated the influence of school librarians’ staffing levels on student learning of research skills, focusing on high-poverty rural Iowa schools. A positive relationship was found between student achievement (e.g., higher critical literacy skills and higher scores in ethical use of information).
Krueger, K., & Donham, J. (2013).  Professional Staffing Levels and Fourth-Grade Student Research in Rural Schools with High-Poverty Levels. School Library Research, 16.  http://www.ala.org/aasl/slr

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