Information literacy and reading for enjoyment are key elements of lifelong learning. The school library is a central hub for both teachers and students.
School Libraries and Reading
Research on school libraries and reading
School libraries 2017
This report is an excerpt from our 2017 annual report on Ontario's publicly funded schools. The report is based on survey responses from over 1100 principals in English, Catholic and French schools across the province.
People for Education conference takeaways
We invited our conference speakers to share a few key takeaways and resources, and here's what we've heard so far...
School libraries 2016
School libraries play an essential role in ensuring that Ontario’s students are prepared for today’s information- and knowledge-based society.
School libraries 2016
This report is an excerpt from our 2016 annual report on Ontario's publicly funded schools, and examines the staffing and resources in school libraries.
Ignoring the Evidence: Another Decade of Decline for School Libraries
Four decades of research from Canada, the U.S., and Australia indicates that well-staffed, well-stocked, and well-used school libraries are correlated with increases in student achievement.
The Impact of New York’s School Libraries on Student Achievement and Motivation
This article examines the results of the first phase of the New York State School Library Impact Study.
Achieving information literacy: Standards for School Library Programs in Canada
This standards handbook, prepared by the Canadian Association for School Libraries, provides guidance for the development of school library programs that will support students as they take their place in a learning society.
In the news
Award-winning Durham teacher-librarian says libraries are ‘powerful’
This article cites our 2011 report on school libraries. According to the report, there is a significant relationship between student scores on reading and writing tests and the presence of a teacher-librarian.
New report highlights competing priorities in education
People for Education's annual report on Ontario’s schools shows decline in library staff and music teachers; improvements in Indigenous education.
New report reveals geographic divide in Ontario schools
People for Education releases 19th Annual Report on Ontario’s Publicly Funded Schools.