Great School Libraries Survey Findings and Update on Phase 1

The Great School Libraries (GSL) campaign is a three-year campaign launched in September 2018 spearheaded by CILIP (the library and information association), the School Library Association (SLA) and CILIP’s School Libraries Group (CILIPSLG) and sponsored by Peters.
 
The campaign seeks to engage with stakeholders at all levels including school library workers, parents, teaching staff, senior leadership and decision makers. Through evidence-based research, this campaign advocates for every child to have access to a great school library. The campaign aims to show that adequately funded and staffed school libraries deliver enhanced and independent learning as well as reading and curriculum support; they contribute to building lifelong readers and support whole school initiatives promoting reading for pleasure.
 
The Great School Libraries campaign developed out of the work of the School Libraries Data Group (SLDG), a consortium of organisations committed to building the evidence base for school libraries. The SLDG scoped the survey and were instrumental in securing funding from the Foyle Foundation. With this funding, the campaign commissioned BMG Research to carry out and analyse a nationwide survey into school library provision.
 
In this paper, the Great School Libraries campaign share the key findings of this national survey along with case studies highlighting the positive impact of school libraries and librarians.





Date Published: 17th October 2019
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