This report was written for the Academic Library Journal, but holds relevance for school libraries as well.
From the article:
“Positive connections between the library and aspects of student learning and success in five areas are particularly noteworthy:
Students benefit from library instruction in their initial coursework. Information literacy instruction provided to students during their initial coursework helps them perform better in their courses than students who do not.
Library use increases student success. Students who used the library the library in some way (e.g., circulation, library instruction session attendance, online database access, study room use, interlibrary loan) achieved higher levels of academic success (e.g., GPA, course grades, retention) than students who did not use the library.
Collaborative academic programs and services involving the library enhance student learning. Academic library partnerships with other campus units, such as the writing center, academic enrichment, and speech lab, yield positive benefits for students (e.g., higher grades, academic confidence, retention).
Information literacy instruction strengthens general education outcomes. Library instruction improves students’ achievement of institutional core competencies and general education outcomes such as inquiry-based and problem-solving learning, including effective identification and use of information, critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and civic engagement.
Library research consultations boost student learning. One-on-one or small-group reference and research assistance with a librarian enhances academic success, as documented by such factors as student confidence, GPAs, and improved achievement on course assignments.”
This SLJ article by Laura Gardner is an important read/share in the wake of the latest election and the outcry over fake news sites on social media.
Once again, we are faced with the fact that school librarians’ goal is to teach these lessons in critical analysis of online information and yet so few schools have a school librarian in place.
This is an article I plan to place in my admin’s mailbox.