Research shows that strong school library programs increase student achievement, regardless of a school community's poverty level. State school library standards are important, yet do not exist in all states. Here are some California and national material that supports the case for strong school libraries as a key element in student success. Sadly, library programs are often cut because they are not seen as "classrooms", when in fact they are classrooms.
- Primary Sources: America's Teachers on America's Schools (2010)
- "Haves, Halves, and Have-Nots: School Libraries and Student Achievement" (2009)
- School Libraries Work (compendium of state studies, charts, graphs)
- California DRAFT Model School Library Standards (2010)
- National AASL "Standards for the 21st Century Learner" (2009)
- "Best Seller" Campaign for Strong School Libraries.
- CA Assemblyman Jerry Hill's letter to all California legislators on importance of Model School Library Standards.