Idaho School Library Impact Study - 2009

March 4, 2010. The Idaho Commission For Libraries is pleased to release the final and complete report of the School Library Impact Study conducted in 2009. You may download the full report or the Executive Summary in either Word or Adobe PDF format below. Idaho School Library Impact Study - 2009: How Idaho Librarians, Teachers, and Administrators Collaborate for Student Success (Idaho Commission For Libraries, 2010)

This commissioned report identifies how Idaho school libraries contribute to student success. The survey design included both qualitative and quantitative measures. Responses from 1,082 librarians, teachers, and principals indicated what library services and programs they valued. In addition the survey asked to what degree administrators believed their staff were teaching Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) skills. The authors then looked at how those perceptions related to student achievement based upon ISAT scores. The bottom line result is that students are more likely to succeed/ excel/ thrive when librarians play active and collaborative roles with other teachers and with administrators. Best practices for library programs that contribute to student achievement include:

  • Library access is scheduled based on instructional needs
  • Librarian and teacher design instructional units together
  • Librarian provides professional development to faculty
  • Librarian is appointed to school committees
  • Librarian and principal meet regularly
  • Librarian's role is addressed in teacher hiring

Based upon the findings, the study recommends:

  • Administrators. Foster the creation of schedules, facilities, and relationships that enable librarians to be “resident” providers of in-service professional development to teachers.
  • Teachers. Turn to librarians as instructional support, curricular/ instructional resources managers and technology integrators and troubleshooters.
  • Librarians. Be receptive to collaboration, especially to teach or co-teach; be proactive in inviting teachers to in-service learning opportunities to improve their ICT skills.

Idaho is now one of 20 states that have completed similar studies. The results of the study are expected to be widely reported in library and education journals and forums. For more information contact Frank Nelson, Idaho Commission for Libraries consultant.