• ‘Ladies and Gentlemen the School Library Has Left the Building.’ An Investigation into School Libraries, Their Efficacy, Successes and Dilemmas.

    Author(s):
    Petra Killoran (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    CityLIS
    Subject(s):
    Library and information science, School librarianship, Reading and library history
    Item Type:
    Dissertation
    Institution:
    City University London
    Tag(s):
    Great School Libraries Debate, School library legislation in the UK, School library efficasy, School librarinship, Global school library debates
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/rbyw-8337
    Abstract:
    Purpose: This mixed method study explored the entrenched views of school library significance held by different stakeholders. It investigated current debates surrounding legislation, funding and who holds the real power and influence. It sought to find proof of impact upon pupil/student grades and social/emotional wellbeing links in UK students aged 5-18. Lastly, a global perspective was sought to explore if the UK narrative is part of a wider trend or sits in isolation. Findings/recommendations: The literature supports the belief that school libraries make a difference to pupils’ attainment, reading for pleasure and wellbeing. Nevertheless, that wider stakeholders lack funding, knowledge and training in how to use their libraries/Librarians’ effectively. Direct links between legislating school libraries and PISA global literacy ratings were found to be poor and would need more detailed study. Moreover, research highlights a need for greater advertising of impact and potential to head teachers and teachers by librarians as they hold the power of influence. Finally, that school librarians benefit from converting to a more teacher-centric method of setting pupil objectives, linked to curriculum targets for proof of efficacy, rather than footfall and loans data.
    Notes:
    This dissertation formed part of the MSc in Library Science taught at City University London by Dr Lyn Robinson and my dissertation tutor Professor David Bawden.
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