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School Library Survey Administrators use results to make informed decisions

The South Dakota State Library is asking school districts to complete a short, district-level school library survey by May 31. Superintendents: Please watch your mail for instructions on how to access the online survey.

The State Library is charged with collecting annual data from the state’s school libraries (14-1-44 (7) Execution of State Library Policy). This year, the State Library has made some changes to the survey – namely, that schools will be asked to submit one survey per district, rather than one survey per library.

“The purpose of gathering school library data is not evaluation,” said Assistant State Librarian Daria Bossman. “It is to develop a tool that is current and relevant for planning and decision making. The focus of the data is student achievement in preparing for 21st century career and personal demands.”

Research results from across the nation show that effective school libraries result in higher student achievement – achievement that can be measured in improved reading scores. “Effective school libraries have a program, a place, and a professional who collaborates with and supports all content areas in delivering curriculum,” Bossman said.

The State Library will compile survey data and report back to superintendents fall of 2010, so that the data can be used in decision-making and school improvement planning.

For information, contact Daria Bossman, South Dakota State Library, at 1-800-423-6665 or (605) 773-3131.