Why is a quality school library so important? According to research by Doug Achterman, PhD, in his work entitled “Haves, Halves and Have-Nots: School Libraries and Student Achievement,”
- Total hours library open
- Total technology available through the library
- Total services provided by library staff
- Offering a program of curriculum-integrated information literacy instruction
- Informally instructing students in the use of resources
- Providing teachers with information about new resources
- Providing reference assistance to students and teachers
What can "Best Sellers" do?
- Study the issues and the impact of strong school libraries on student success and put this information to work in whatever you do - speaking, writing, policymaking.
- Encourage your local school districts and communities to include strong school libraries as a key solution to improving academic achievement.
- Become an advocate or “Best Seller” for strong school libraries and their role in developing 21st Century learners and workers by telling the story of why school libraries are a crucial component of student academic success. Learn what it means to be a “Best Seller” and invite others to become advocates as well.
- Read the national research on school libraries. The document, “School Libraries Work,” chronicles the research done in 19 states on the value of school libraries. The cornerstone of student success is their ability to read. The research shows that access to a quality school library is the most important factor in student success.
I'll keep track of this important California campaign.