[Alis] advocacy for School Libraries
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Thu Feb 5 07:00:14 EST 2009
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will launch
the third year of its longitudinal study on Jan. 27. "School
Libraries Count!" gathers basic data about the status of school
library media programs across the country. AASL will use this
information to develop advocacy tools to support school library
media programs at the local, state and national levels. The survey
may be accessed directly at http://www.aaslsurvey.org. The last
day to complete the survey is March 12.
All K-12 schools - public and private - are invited to participate on
a voluntary basis. Past participants' continued involvement is
encouraged, since those responses are crucial to examining
trends. The survey's questions cover the library media program's
hours, staff and selected staff activities, collection, technology,
usage and expenditures.
AASL President Ann M. Martin said, "The longitudinal study
gathers data relevant to student learning and quality library media
programs. The exciting news of the continuation of this study is
that the results build compelling information about trends of library
media programs and staffing."
Last year, approximately 7,000 people participated in the survey.
Key findings from the survey include:
* High schools school library media programs average 1.5 full-
time school library media specialists.
* Library media specialists in public schools average 53 hours
per week; library media specialists in private schools average 68
hours per week.
* Elementary schools average 23 volumes per student in their
collection, while middle schools average 17 and high schools
average 11 volumes per student in their collection.
* School library media centers with 2,000-plus students
average $9 per student in expenditures; school library media
centers with fewer than 300 students average expenditures are
approximately $18 per student.
Additional questions were added to last year´s study that focused
on the use of social networking in the classroom. Findings
showed that the majority of public and private schools were
incorporating social networking tools into the classroom to aid in
collaborative learning. This year's study will include additional
questions regarding English Language Learners (ELLs) and
resources made available to them through school library media
"Overwhelming response in past years suggests that school
library media specialists are anxious to share information about
the conditions of their libraries. Their input means that AASL will
gain insight into timely issues like English Language Learners
(ELLs). The new AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner
asks us to expand our notion of access to go beyond providing
physical access to the library facilities to include intellectual
access to resources that meet the needs of students from diverse
cultures, learning styles and language facilities," says Marcia
Mardis, chair of AASL´s Research & Statistics Committee.
The survey will be conducted by KRC Research, an independent,
third-party firm. More information about "School Libraries Count!"
and its key findings from previous years is available at
The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a
division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the
improvement and extension of library media services in
elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening
the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence,
facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library media
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