From the School Library Journal comes the latest research on School Libraries from Rutgers University researchers Ross Todd, Carol Gordon and Ya-Ling Lu. Their study, “One Common Goal: Student Learning”, included not only librarians, but principals, HODs, and teachers being surveyed to provide an overview of how they see the school library’s role in education. Brian Kenney summarizes their findings into what makes effective school libraries and how the contribute to their school in What Does Excellence Look Like?: A New Study Shows the Role of School Libraries in Learning.
… educators believe the library is a center for learning. While informational activities—like searching—were certainly recognized, learning, according to the researchers, “was the central mission, the central activity, and the central outcome of the school library.”