[library-media] UTAH School Libraries Count! Please Participate

Juan Lee jtlee at utah.gov
Wed Mar 10 07:41:50 MST 2010


Utah schools need to be represented in this survey - Please take a few
minutes and make your school library count!
 

NEWS
For Immediate Release - March 9, 2010
AASL “School Libraries Count!” longitudinal study now open
 
CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) launched
the fourth year of its longitudinal study on March 5. “School Libraries
Count!” gathers basic data about the status of school library programs
across the country. AASL will use this information to develop advocacy
tools to support school library 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
April 30.
 
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 program's hours, staff and selected staff
activities, collection, technology, usage and expenditures.
 
“Participation from those who completed the survey last year is equally
valuable this year,” said AASL President Cassandra Barnett. “Collecting
current, accurate data is part of how we build the case for school
libraries as we advocate for the needs and the value of school library
programs and librarians at local, state and national levels.”
 
Approximately 5,824 people participated in the survey. Key findings
from the 2009 survey indicate  decreased expenditures, including a
reduction in spending for information resources, compared to the
previous year results; an increase in average staff hours spent in the
school library center; and compared to the previous year’s data,
investment in networked computers with library access and school
libraries with remote access has slowed.
 
In 2009, supplemental questions on a current issue within the school
library field focused on school library initiatives to address the
ever-growing population of English Language Learners (ELLs) in U.S.
schools. Respondents indicated a large ELL population, but a lack of
initiatives and materials to support the growing need. This year's study
will include additional questions regarding the impact of digital
content and resources on school library programs and student learning.
 
“The continued high response from schools suggests that school
librarians are anxious to share information about the conditions of
their libraries. The new Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School
Library Media Programs helps define the direction of school library
programs as school librarians strive to meet the needs of the
ever-changing school environment, and their input means that AASL will
gain insight into timely issues like the impact of digital content and
resources in school library programs on student learning,” said Barbara
J. Ray, 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
http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/slcsurvey.cfm 
 
The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org a division
of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and
extension of library 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 field.
 
Contact: Stephanie Book
AASL Manager, Communication
(312) 280-4389
sbook at ala.org
 
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Juan Tomás

 

Juan Tomás Lee, State Data Coordinator/Library Consultant
Utah State Library Division
250 N 1950 W, Suite A
Salt Lake City, UT 84116-7901
Phone (801)715-6769
Fax (801)715-6767
Toll-free (800)662-9150 ext. 769
jtlee at utah.gov 



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