Research

Students need school libraries, and research supports this fact. These articles, websites and reports link to research from trusted or scholarly sources.

School Libraries Matter: the Missing Piece in the Education Puzzle

Why do school libraries matter? Teacher-librarians Holly Godfree and Olivia Neilson unpack this and explain how school libraries are the key to improving education.

How do librarians in schools support struggling readers?

Written by Margaret Kristin Merga (2019) this article discuss how librarians in schools, who are often facing significant budgetary cuts, play an important role in supporting learning in literacy and literature. The article focuses on how librarian in schools support struggling readers.

Report: The 2018 Softlink Australia, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific School Library Survey Report

Findings from Softlink's 2018 Australia,  New Zealand and Asia-Pacific School Library Survey into school library budgets, staffing, library services and trends.

Report: School Libraries: The Heart of 21st Century Learning

Published by ACT Government Education, the School Libraries: The Heart of 21st Century Learning report discusses the importance of school libraries and teacher librarians.

What the Staff in Australia's Schools surveys tell us about teachers working in school libraries.


Written by Paul R. Weldon (2016) this report analyses the 2007, 2010 and 2013 Staff in Australia's Schools (SiAS) survey results to produce profiles of primary and secondary teachers who are working in a library role. It compares the findings about numbers of teachers working in a library role with the overall teacher cohort in terms of location, school sector and socio-economic status of schools. It also profiles teachers working in a library role in terms of their average age, gender, level of tertiary study and basis of work. It makes particular mention of early career teachers in libraries and teachers working out of field in libraries.

School libraries and teacher-librarians: Evidence of their contribution to student literacy and learning

International research provides compelling evidence that school libraries and teacher-librarians make a significant contribution to student literacy and learning outcomes. After summarising previous research, this article presents recent research focused on Gold Coast schools.

Literacy Matters Website

Developed to support the literacy matters campaign the Literacy Matters website lists reports, articles, initiatives and infographics that support the importance of school libraries in the ongoing development of literacy skills.

Report: The 2017 Softlink Australian and New Zealand School Library Survey Report

Findings from Softlink's 2017 Australian and New Zealand School Library Survey into school library budgets, staffing, library services and trends.

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These links only scratch the surface of the mountain of research showing the positive impact of qualified library staff upon student learning outcomes.  Our website is focussed primarily on practical tips for advocacy, but if you are interested in learning more about the evidence behind our claims you could plug some of the following terms into the search engine or database of your choice!

Possible Search Terms: Teacher librarian; Student learning; School libraries; Library Media Specialist (the American term for “teacher librarian”); Information literacy; Digital literacy; Transfer of skills

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