At the Reading Workshop I attended last week before the ALA Midwinter Meeting we were given a packet of some very interesting articles relating to reading and library media centers in schools. Several of the best articles are available online so I thought I would put together a post of links for reference. If you have comments on any of them I'd love to hear your reactions and discuss them further.
National Endowment of the Arts Research Reports: (pdf)
Reading At Risk :
"10 Key Findings
1. The percentage of adult Americans reading
literature has dropped dramatically over the past 20
2. The decline in literary reading parallels a decline
in total book reading.
3. The rate of decline in literary reading is accelerating.
4. Women read more literature than men do, but literary reading by both groups is declining at significant rates.
5. Literary reading is declining among whites, African Americans, and Hispanics.
6. Literary reading is declining among all education levels.
7. Literary reading is declining among all age groups.
8. The steepest decline in literary reading is in the youngest age groups.
9. The decline in literary reading foreshadows an
erosion in cultural and civic participation.
10. The decline in reading correlates with increased
participation in a variety of electronic media,
including the Internet, video games, and portable
To Read or Not to Read: a Question of National Consequence
"Teens and young adults spend less time reading than people of other age groups.
• Americans between 15 and 34 years of age devote less leisure time than older
age groups to reading anything at all.
• 15- to 24-year-olds spend only 7–10 minutes per day on voluntary reading—
about 60% less time than the average American.
• By contrast, 15- to 24-year-olds spend 2 to 2½ hours per day watching TV.sis
activity consumes the most leisure time for men and women of all ages."
National Commission on Libraries and Information Science:
Why Care About School Libraries?
Scholastic Library Publishing:
School Libraries Work!
"This research foundation paper, updated from the first edition of School Libraries Work!, brings together position statements from a variety of organizations and findings from nearly a decade of empirical studies that cite the measurable impact school libraries and library media specialists have on student achievement."
Online Fanfiction:What Technology and Popular Culture Can Teach Us About Writing and Literacy Instruction by Rebecca W. Black