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Website: Margaret K Merga’s Research


Website: Margaret K. Merga’s Research Dr Margaret K. Merga has continued to show her support of school libraries and the important role of school library staff. Dr Merga has conducted an array of research, including the reading habits and attitudes of teens, the role of the teacher librarian, the importance of reading, and so much … Continue reading Website: Margaret K Merga’s Research

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November 25, 2020


Report: 2020 School Library Survey – Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific preliminary findings


Report: 2020 School Library Survey – Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific preliminary findings The preliminary findings for the Softlink 2020 School Library Survey Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific have been released. This very important annual survey helps to raise awareness around staffing levels, funding, budgets, programs and areas of interest for school libraries. … Continue reading Report: 2020 School Library Survey – Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific preliminary findings

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Report: School libraries in South Australia 2019 Census


Report: School libraries in South Australia 2019 Census This report presents the results of a survey census and website review of school libraries, taken across all South Australian schools in Term 3, 2019. The census collected data on school library staffing, facilities, funding, and support. Results reveal that schools with a qualified teacher librarian are … Continue reading Report: School libraries in South Australia 2019 Census

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October 3, 2020


Article: How Can School Libraries Support Student Wellbeing?


Article: How Can School Libraries Support Student Wellbeing? Evidence and Implications for Further Research Dr Margaret Merga explores the connection between school libraries and student wellbeing and mental health. Abstract: Concern about student wellbeing and related mental health is a global issue, and schools are increasingly expected to support student wellbeing. While the focus on … Continue reading Article: How Can School Libraries Support Student Wellbeing?

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July 27, 2020


Report: 2019 Softlink Survey Report


Report: 2019 Softlink Survey Report Findings from Softlink’s 2019 Australia,  New Zealand and Asia-Pacific School Library Survey into school library budgets, staffing, library services and trends. Read the report on the Softlink website Looking for more research? Return to Research Page Working together to ensure student access to high quality school library services. Stay updated Join … Continue reading Report: 2019 Softlink Survey Report

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May 6, 2020


Article: Leading from the Sweet Spot


Article: Leading from the sweet spot: embedding the library and the teacher librarian in your school community Linking the role of the teacher librarian and student outcomes, this article by Emma Cox and Lori Korodaj explores leadership at a variety of levels and how the teacher librarian role can be embedded into a school community. … Continue reading Article: Leading from the Sweet Spot

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December 12, 2019


Report: Research Evidence on Reading for Pleasure


Report: Research evidence on reading for pleasure The first section of the document highlights research evidence on reading for pleasure from domestic and international literature; exploring evidence on the trends and benefits of independent reading amongst both primary and secondary- aged children, as well as why children read. The second section covers the evidence on … Continue reading Report: Research Evidence on Reading for Pleasure

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August 29, 2019


Report: On the Edge of Adulthood


Report: On the edge of adulthood: Summary of Key Findings from the Competent Learners at 16 project Competent Children, Competent Learners is a longitudinal study which began in 1993 and follows the progress of a sample of around 500 New Zealand young people from early childhood education through schooling and beyond. Several reports from the … Continue reading Report: On the Edge of Adulthood

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August 28, 2019


Article: The Impact of Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment


Article: The Impact of reading for pleasure and empowerment “There is strong evidence that reading for pleasure can increase empathy, improve relationships with others, reduce the symptoms of depression and improve wellbeing throughout life, new research carried out for The Reading Agency has found. The report, conducted by BOP Consulting and funded by the Peter Sowerby Foundation, … Continue reading Article: The Impact of Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment

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August 27, 2019


Website: NatLib NZ Reading for Pleasure – A Door To Success


Website: National Library of NZ Reading For Pleasure – A Door to Success “Aside from the sheer joy of exercising the imagination, research shows reading for pleasure improves literacy, social skills, health, and learning outcomes.” This website outlines the many benefits of reading for pleasure and offers many links to supporting research. Visit the National … Continue reading Website: NatLib NZ Reading for Pleasure – A Door To Success

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August 26, 2019


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