[library-media] Thank a Librarian

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Just in case you had not seen this yet...
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paula z
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Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.
          --Garrison Keillor
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Better grades? Thank a librarian

Libraries tied to student achievement

Study makes case for training, funding

Apr. 7, 2006. 01:00 AM

TESS KALINOWSKI

EDUCATION REPORTER

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The first Canadian study linking school libraries to student achievement
indicates that better libraries improve student test scores and add to =
kids'
reading enjoyment.=20

The Ontario School Library Association says the research, released
yesterday, is the evidence it needs to make a case for more trained =
school
librarians and better-stocked shelves.=20

"There's such a clear link between libraries and student achievement I =
don't
know how the minister (of education) can ignore it," said association
president Michael Rosettis.=20

The study by Queen's University professor Don Klinger was based on
provincial test scores and attitudinal information collected by the
province's Education Quality and Accountability Office. That information =
was
married with data on the state of elementary school libraries gathered =
by
the provincial parent group, People for Education.=20

Klinger's study of 800 elementary schools and about 50,000 students =
showed
that schools without trained teacher-librarians were more likely to =
score
lower on grades 3 and 6 reading tests. Schools with teacher-librarians =
had
proportionally more students who scored the highest levels on Grade 6 =
tests.


The study found the biggest difference teacher-librarians made appeared =
to
be in how much students enjoyed reading, said Klinger. The research =
showed
that the presence of a teacher-librarian accounted for a small shift in
students' attitude to reading. It was a tiny variable, but given that
researchers haven't been able to identify most of the factors affecting
student achievement, it is significant, he said.=20

"If all school libraries were adequately staffed and sufficiently =
funded,
just imagine the impact on student achievement," said Rosettis, a
teacher-librarian at St. Augustine Catholic High School in Markham.=20

Teacher-librarians are qualified teachers who've taken more courses to
become librarians. They focus on integrating information technology with =
the
curriculum, and work with teachers to design research units.=20

The $40,000 study was funded by the Ontario School Library Association, =
but
conducted independently, Rosettis said. U.S. studies have shown a link
between student achievement and well-staffed, well-stocked school =
libraries.
The librarians and People for Education say the Ontario government has =
made
small steps to stem a 20-year decline in school libraries with a $17 =
million
book grant last year and another $15 million last month. Rosettis said =
he
hopes new education minister Sandra Pupatello will find the study =
compelling
enough to consider designating dedicated funds to teacher-librarians and
books.=20

School boards get one librarian for every 769 students, but many schools
don't have that many students and even when they do get a library
allocation, some principals spend the money on other staffing and =
specialty
teachers in physical education or music. People for Education research =
shows
that only 54 per cent of Ontario elementary schools had a full- or =
part-time
teacher-librarian last year, compared with 80 per cent in 1997-'98.=20

At Church Street Public School, full-time teacher-librarian Nancy =
Woodruff
said she works with other teachers, looking for alternative curriculum
materials to suit student needs, including those who haven't yet learned
English and others with learning disabilities.=20

"These children will have to know how libraries function to the end of =
their
school days," she said, but every year she wonders if the school will be
able to keep her in the library position.=20

Principal Judy Gillis said she gets between $6,000 to $7,000 a year to =
stock
the library but it's a struggle with so many competing priorities. =
Pupatello
was not available for comment yesterday.

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KALINOWSKI<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
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size=3D1><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">EDUCATION =

REPORTER<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"BACKGROUND: white"><FONT face=3D"Times New =
Roman"=20
color=3Dblack size=3D3><SPAN=20
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<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"BACKGROUND: white"><FONT face=3DVerdana =
color=3Dblack=20
size=3D2><SPAN style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: =
Verdana">The=20
first Canadian study linking school libraries to student achievement =
indicates=20
that better libraries improve student test scores and add to kids' =
reading=20
enjoyment. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"BACKGROUND: white"><FONT face=3DVerdana =
color=3Dblack=20
size=3D2><SPAN style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: =
Verdana">The=20
Ontario School Library Association says the research, released =
yesterday, is the=20
evidence it needs to make a case for more trained school librarians and=20
better-stocked shelves. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"BACKGROUND: white"><FONT face=3DVerdana =
color=3Dblack=20
size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">"There's =
such a=20
clear link between libraries and student achievement I don't know how =
the=20
minister (of education) can ignore it," said association president =
Michael=20
Rosettis. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"BACKGROUND: white"><FONT face=3DVerdana =
color=3Dblack=20
size=3D2><SPAN style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: =
Verdana">The=20
study by Queen's University professor Don Klinger was based on =
provincial test=20
scores and attitudinal information collected by the province's Education =
Quality=20
and Accountability Office. That information was married with data on the =
state=20
of elementary school libraries gathered by the provincial parent group, =
People=20
for Education. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"BACKGROUND: white"><FONT face=3DVerdana =
color=3Dblack=20
size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Klinger's =
study of=20
800 elementary schools and about 50,000 students showed that schools =
without=20
trained teacher-librarians were more likely to score lower on grades 3 =
and 6=20
reading tests. Schools with teacher-librarians had proportionally more =
students=20
who scored the highest levels on Grade 6 tests. =
<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"BACKGROUND: white"><FONT face=3DVerdana =
color=3Dblack=20
size=3D2><SPAN style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: =
Verdana">The=20
study found the biggest difference teacher-librarians made appeared to =
be in how=20
much students enjoyed reading, said Klinger. The research showed that =
the=20
presence of a teacher-librarian accounted for a small shift in students' =

attitude to reading. It was a tiny variable, but given that researchers =
haven't=20
been able to identify most of the factors affecting student achievement, =
it is=20
significant, he said. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"BACKGROUND: white"><FONT face=3DVerdana =
color=3Dblack=20
size=3D2><SPAN style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: =
Verdana">"If=20
all school libraries were adequately staffed and sufficiently funded, =
just=20
imagine the impact on student achievement," said Rosettis, a =
teacher-librarian=20
at <st1:PlaceName w:st=3D"on">St. Augustine</st1:PlaceName> =
<st1:PlaceName=20
w:st=3D"on">Catholic</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st=3D"on">High=20
School</st1:PlaceType> in <st1:City w:st=3D"on"><st1:place=20
w:st=3D"on">Markham</st1:place></st1:City>. =
<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"BACKGROUND: white"><FONT face=3DVerdana =
color=3Dblack=20
size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: =
Verdana">Teacher-librarians=20
are qualified teachers who've taken more courses to become librarians. =
They=20
focus on integrating information technology with the curriculum, and =
work with=20
teachers to design research units. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"BACKGROUND: white"><FONT face=3DVerdana =
color=3Dblack=20
size=3D2><SPAN style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: =
Verdana">The=20
$40,000 study was funded by the Ontario School Library Association, but=20
conducted independently, Rosettis said. <st1:country-region =
w:st=3D"on"><st1:place=20
w:st=3D"on">U.S.</st1:place></st1:country-region> studies have shown a =
link=20
between student achievement and well-staffed, well-stocked school =
libraries. The=20
librarians and People for Education say the <st1:State =
w:st=3D"on"><st1:place=20
w:st=3D"on">Ontario</st1:place></st1:State> government has made small =
steps to=20
stem a 20-year decline in school libraries with a $17 million book grant =
last=20
year and another $15 million last month. Rosettis said he hopes new =
education=20
minister Sandra Pupatello will find the study compelling enough to =
consider=20
designating dedicated funds to teacher-librarians and books.=20
<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"BACKGROUND: white"><FONT face=3DVerdana =
color=3Dblack=20
size=3D2><SPAN style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: =
Verdana">School=20
boards get one librarian for every 769 students, but many schools don't =
have=20
that many students and even when they do get a library allocation, some=20
principals spend the money on other staffing and specialty teachers in =
physical=20
education or music. People for Education research shows that only 54 per =
cent of=20
Ontario elementary schools had a full- or part-time teacher-librarian =
last year,=20
compared with 80 per cent in 1997-'98. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"BACKGROUND: white"><FONT face=3DVerdana =
color=3Dblack=20
size=3D2><SPAN style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: =
Verdana">At=20
<st1:place w:st=3D"on"><st1:PlaceType w:st=3D"on">Church</st1:PlaceType> =

<st1:PlaceName w:st=3D"on">Street</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType =
w:st=3D"on">Public=20
School</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, full-time teacher-librarian Nancy =
Woodruff=20
said she works with other teachers, looking for alternative curriculum =
materials=20
to suit student needs, including those who haven't yet learned English =
and=20
others with learning disabilities. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"BACKGROUND: white"><FONT face=3DVerdana =
color=3Dblack=20
size=3D2><SPAN style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: =
Verdana">"These=20
children will have to know how libraries function to the end of their =
school=20
days," she said, but every year she wonders if the school will be able =
to keep=20
her in the library position. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal style=3D"BACKGROUND: white"><FONT face=3DVerdana =
color=3Dblack=20
size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 9.5pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Principal =
Judy=20
Gillis said she gets between $6,000 to $7,000 a year to stock the =
library but=20
it's a struggle with so many competing priorities. Pupatello was not =
available=20
for comment yesterday.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></FONT></P>
<P class=3DMsoNormal><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2><SPAN=20
style=3D"FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: =
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