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Research Supports Value of School Libraries

May 31, 2016 1 min read
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To the Editor:

Megan McDonald adds another convincing case history showing the value of the library and librarians in schools (“How the School Library Saved My Life”).

Studies agree: Keith Curry Lance’s research in the United States consistently shows that school library quality is positively related to literacy development. Research completed by Sy-ying Lee, Jeff McQuillan, and me also suggests that access to a good school library can offset, to a large extent, the negative impact of poverty on reading achievement.

Despite this research, support for school libraries has been dwindling over the years.

We complain about the low levels of literacy in young people, but we destroy the most obvious source of reading material for students: robust and well-staffed school libraries.

Stephen Krashen

Professor Emeritus

Rossier School of Education

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, Calif.

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A version of this article appeared in the June 01, 2016 edition of Education Week as Research Supports Value of School Libraries

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