School Library Research and Reports

School Libraries

Staff at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) partnered with the Washington Library Media Association (WLMA) to build and distribute a survey to measure the availability of school library services in K-12 schools in the spring of 2014.

The final 2014 WSSLIT Report was completed in July 2015 and is available online.

2016 WA State School Library and Information Technology (WSSLIT) Program Survey
Staff at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) again partnered with the Washington Library Media Association (WLMA) to build and distribute a survey to measure the availability of school library services in K-12 schools in the spring of 2016. The data has been compiled and an Excel spreadsheet of results is available for download.

School Libraries Work!
This research foundation paper, updated from the 2006 edition of School Libraries Work!, brings together position statements from a variety of organizations and findings from nearly two decades of empirical studies that cite the measurable impact school libraries and library media specialists have on student achievement.

School Librarians Continue to Help Students Achieve Standards: The Third Colorado Study (2010)
Developed by the Colorado State Library and the University of Denver, this third Colorado study of the impact of school libraries and librarians on student test performance. Readers will find fresh evidence of the value of highly qualified librarians, especially at the elementary level where such positions are becoming increasingly vulnerable. (extract from page 1)