Effective school libraries offer a range of services to support student learning and literacy, encourage reading for pleasure and well-being, and help create digitally literate students.
Effective services combine 4 key elements
Effective school library services combine 4 key elements that interact with each other:
Why library services matter
Services are at the heart of what the library has and does. Your library services support teaching and learning across the curriculum, and improving literacy and reading engagement.
Service development should be guided by the needs and aspirations of your school community, knowledge from the research, and an understanding of library best practices. How your library services are developed, supported, and delivered, depends on leadership and expertise within your school.
Achievement is raised where access to the school library is flexibly scheduled, the library is staffed appropriately, librarians spend time collaborating with classroom teachers, technology augments the local collection and students use the library to learn and practice information skills.
— 'Powerful libraries make powerful learners: The Illinois study', Illinois School Library Media Association (2005)
What can you do to develop and deliver the library services your school community needs?