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69 - Survey of School Libraries shows gulf between best and the rest

Survey of School Libraries shows gulf between best and the rest

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There is a growing gap between the best  services and those where resources and management support are failing,  according to a new CILIP School Libraries Group report.

The national survey of UK school libraries has just been  completed, with detailed replies from 1,547 secondary, middle, special  and independent schools and exhaustive activity reports from over 1,000  of these, supplemented by information from 655 primary schools.
The report School Libraries in the UK: a worthwhile past, a difficult present – and a transformed future? concludes  that the vision and support of senior management is vital to success.  It is crucial that school management recognise the difference that a  good school library can make.
Currently, it is not a statutory requirement for schools in England  to have a school library. Making school libraries and librarians  statutory would be a big help in securing the vital role that libraries  can play in enhancing teaching and learning.
Professor Stephen Heppell said: “The evidence continues to accumulate  that libraries - and their librarians - lie absolutely at the heart of  3rd millennium learning organisations:  a place for scholarship, a place  to escape into adventures, a place of discovery, a place to share and  explore, a place for deep thought, a place for surprise, and above all  else a place absolutely without limits. The best schools have libraries  at their centres not as some sad throwback to an earlier age but as a  clear and evocative prototype of what ambitious learning might look like  in this century of learning.”
The key findings of the report are:
• There is a clear, and growing, difference between the best and the  rest in terms of funding levels, staffing and the services provided. 31%  of respondents judged the library stock good for supporting teaching  and learning in the school and only 15% thought coverage of websites and  e-publications was good.
• 87% of qualified librarians are contributing to information  literacy work in their school by such activities as planning and  conducting lessons in the library or classroom, often jointly with  teachers. A growing number of library staff are actively engaging with  ICT to make e-resources available and help develop e-learning platforms  to support teaching and learning throughout the school.
• 25% of qualified librarians are helping to design and manage the  school website; 59% are contributing actively to the school VLE,  learning platform or website.
• There is excellent work going on in helping students to develop as  information literate adults capable of functioning effectively in the  Age of Cyber-Information as well as in supporting literacy and reading  for pleasure.
• There is a clear positive relationship between the level of  education of school librarians and their ability to make an impact on  teaching and learning in their schools.
• Too many school libraries are staffed by unqualified people who  lack the skills and knowledge to work effectively with teachers in  developing information literacy, in actively and imaginatively promoting  reading and in exploiting the possibilities of ICT to support learning. 
• A worrying number of secondary and independent schools (32%), and  primary schools (18%), are reporting cuts in budgets, sometimes from a  very low base. Most other respondents reported no change in funding  levels (effectively a decrease).
School Libraries in the UK: a worthwhile past, a difficult present – and a transformed future?  was commissioned by CILIP’s School Libraries Group and prepared by  David Streatfield, Sue Shaper and Simon Rae-Scott, and is available  online at: