Effective School Library Programs Positively Impact Student Achievement

Trenton, NJ (PRWEB) February 15, 2012

The New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) today released findings of a three-year study conducted by the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University, which explored the value of quality school libraries to education in New Jersey.

“The findings show that New Jersey school libraries and school librarians contribute in rich and diverse ways to the intellectual life of a school, and to the development of students who can function in a complex and increasingly digital information environment,” said Dr. Ross Todd, lead researcher in the study and CISSL Director.

An executive summary and the full report, The New Jersey Study of School Libraries: One Common Goal – Student Learning, are available online at http://www.njasl.org.

“In today’s high-tech, information-driven world, we have significant opportunities for schools across the country to make great strides in preparing students for a fast-paced, global economy that requires independent learning skills,” said Pat Massey, past president of NJASL. “As policy makers throughout the U.S. consider new measures to ensure student success and college and career readiness, it is critical that they maintain strong school library programs that are proven to enhance learning for all students.”

In phase one, CISSL surveyed over 700 librarians and found that school librarians make key contributions to student success including: