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Cut-to-the-ChaseResearchWhy & How to PursueEvidence-Based Practice inYour School LibraryKeith Curry Lance
• Core beliefs about  evidence-based practice• Challenges ahead• Key actions to be takenEvidence-Based Manifesto forSchool...
• Fusion of learning, info & technology  presents challenges• School libraries essential to addressing  standards, learnin...
• Value of school libraries can be (&  has been) measured• Existing evidence is not seen or  understood• Accountability is...
• How to make research-based  evidence more accessible &  applicable?• How to build stronger  participation in research?• ...
• How to build commitment to EBP?• How to train librarians in EBP?• How to address “not enough time”  perception?• How to ...
• Shift from advocacy to  outcomes focus• Just do it• Share outcomes rather than  seek permission• Establish EBP  mentorsh...
• Gain access to test score  data• Get involved with school  improvement• Build research into practice• Work within school...
• Make advocacy  evidence-based• Construct evidence  portfolio• Identify professional  development needsMore Key Actions T...
Existing formal researchEvidence FORPracticeLiterature                             Local evidenceEvidence IN              ...
• CISSL’s SLIM (School Library  Impact Measure) Toolkit• Nancy Miller’s IMPACT Excel-  Based SoftwareEBPEvidence-Building ...
• Demonstrated how NJ  libraries helped students  become  • More skillful & confident   • Use SLIM’s 4 guided-    as info ...
• Communicate value of         • After you record units of  what you do via:               instruction and teaching you   ...
• Familiarity with, use of published research?• Usage data you collect for library program?• Engagement with test score da...
• Articles and Books About Evidence-  Based Practice  http://www.oelma.org/EBPBiblio.htm• American Association of School  ...
• Daniel Callison, Action Research, School Library Media Activities  Monthly, June 2007• Lesley S. J. Farmer, How to Condu...
If being an effectiveschool librarian wasa crime, would therebe enough evidenceto convict you?Closing Thought
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Cut to the Chase Research: Why and How to Pursue Evidence-Based Practice for Your School Library

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Cut to the Chase Research: Why and How to Pursue Evidence-Based Practice for Your School Library

  1. 1. Cut-to-the-ChaseResearchWhy & How to PursueEvidence-Based Practice inYour School LibraryKeith Curry Lance
  2. 2. • Core beliefs about evidence-based practice• Challenges ahead• Key actions to be takenEvidence-Based Manifesto forSchool Librarians2007 Leadership SummitSchool Library Journal, April 2008
  3. 3. • Fusion of learning, info & technology presents challenges• School libraries essential to addressing standards, learning & quality teaching• Certified librarians best equipped to apply research to practice• School libraries equip all students to achieve & learn more• Library instructional interventions help students transform info into knowledgeCore Beliefs
  4. 4. • Value of school libraries can be (& has been) measured• Existing evidence is not seen or understood• Accountability is essential to sustain development of school librarianship• Requires shift of focus from process to outcomes• If we do not show value, we will not have a futureMore Core Beliefs
  5. 5. • How to make research-based evidence more accessible & applicable?• How to build stronger participation in research?• How to share & accumulate local evidence?• How to deal with negative evidence?Challenges
  6. 6. • How to build commitment to EBP?• How to train librarians in EBP?• How to address “not enough time” perception?• How to persuade administrators to support EBP by librarians?• Does librarian need “authority” to engage in EBP?More Challenges
  7. 7. • Shift from advocacy to outcomes focus• Just do it• Share outcomes rather than seek permission• Establish EBP mentorships, partnershipsKey Actions To BeTaken by School Librarians
  8. 8. • Gain access to test score data• Get involved with school improvement• Build research into practice• Work within school’s data structuresMore Key Actions To BeTaken by School Librarians
  9. 9. • Make advocacy evidence-based• Construct evidence portfolio• Identify professional development needsMore Key Actions To BeTaken by School Librarians
  10. 10. Existing formal researchEvidence FORPracticeLiterature Local evidenceEvidence IN Librarian-observed evidencePractice Data from practice combined with formalApplications/Actions research User-reported evidenceEvidence OF Learner changes as result of inputs,Practice interventions, activities, processesResults: impact, outcomes,evidence of closing gapsEvidence-Based Practice ModelTodd’s School Librarianship & EBP inEvidence Based Library and Information Practice, 2009
  11. 11. • CISSL’s SLIM (School Library Impact Measure) Toolkit• Nancy Miller’s IMPACT Excel- Based SoftwareEBPEvidence-Building Tools
  12. 12. • Demonstrated how NJ libraries helped students become • More skillful & confident • Use SLIM’s 4 guided- as info seekers inquiry instruments to • More engaged, interested document how students & reflective learners • gain practical skills in • More critical thinkers inquiry-based learning & about info sources & independent info seeking purposes • experience conceptual change regarding infoThe Impact of School Libraries onStudent Learning (NJ)SLIM (School Library Impact Measure) Toolkit
  13. 13. • Communicate value of • After you record units of what you do via: instruction and teaching you have been doing, this Excel- • Collaborative planning based software transforms • Information literacy what you do into charts • Links to state standards • Also collapses data across schools to provide district overview • http://www.LMCsource.comIMPACT!Documenting the LMC Program for Accountability
  14. 14. • Familiarity with, use of published research?• Usage data you collect for library program?• Engagement with test score data?• Observations you make of teacher & student users of your library?• Outcome data you collect?• Outcome data you could be collecting?• What outcomes are you intending?What You Are Already Doing?
  15. 15. • Articles and Books About Evidence- Based Practice http://www.oelma.org/EBPBiblio.htm• American Association of School Librarians, Crosswalk of the Common Core Standards and the Standards for the 21st-Century Learnerhttp://www.ala.org/aasl/guidel inesandstandards/commoncorecrosswa lkOther EBP/Action Research Resources
  16. 16. • Daniel Callison, Action Research, School Library Media Activities Monthly, June 2007• Lesley S. J. Farmer, How to Conduct Action Research: A Guide for Library Media Specialists. Bottom Line series. American Association of School Librarians, 2003.• Carol Gordon, A Study of Three-Dimensional Action Research: A Training Model for School Library Media Programs. School Library Media Research 9, 2006. http://www.ala.org/aasl/SLMR• David V. Loertscher with Ross J. Todd, We Boost Achievement! Evidence-Based Practice for School Library Media Specialists. Hi Willow, 2003.• Leslie Preddy, SSR with Intervention: A School Library Action Research Project. Libraries Unlimited, 2007.• Judith A. Sykes, Action Research: A Practical Guide for Transforming Your School Library. Libraries Unlimited, 2002.More EBP/Action Research Resources
  17. 17. If being an effectiveschool librarian wasa crime, would therebe enough evidenceto convict you?Closing Thought

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