Sizing Up America’s School Libraries Highlights from the Second AASL Longitudinal Survey of School Library Media Centers

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  • Sizing Up Americas School Libraries

    Highlights from the SecondAASL Longitudinal Survey of School Library Media Centers

  • Outline2008 response detailsResultsBy topic50th, 75th, 95th percentilesschool level, enrollmentRelated factorsregion, metro, poverty, public-private

  • Overall Response6,998 responses6,477 regular public schools242 independent schoolsPreponderance of responses generated by AASL membership (directly or indirectly)

  • Response by Level

  • Response by Enrollment

  • Response by Region

  • Response by Metro Status

  • Other ResponsesPublic-private status93% public, 7% privatePoverty statusRange: 0-100%, median 31%

  • Low Response GroupsCharter schoolsOther school typesAlternativeMagnetSpecial educationVocational-technicalNote: All respondents included in overall results. Numbers insufficient to provide detail.

  • Results by TopicStaffing (LMS and total hours)Staff activities (planning, instruction, budget)Collection (volumestotal & per capita, periodicals, average copyright)Technology (library & networked computers, remote database access)LMC visits (individual & group)LM expenditures (total & per capita)

  • Total Staffing: Notable FactorsSchool Level: HS, 1.5 FTE; others 1.0 FTEEnrollment: 1k+, 2+ FTE;
  • Instruction: Notable FactorsSchool Level: ES, 15 hpw; MS, 10; HS, 8Enrollment: 1k+, 10 hpw; 300-999, 14; < 300, 8Region: W, 12 hpw; NE & S, 14-16Metro: 15 vs 12 hpw non-metroPublic-Private: 14 vs 11 hpw

  • LMC Hours: Notable FactorsSchool Level: ES, 35 hpw (8 flex); HS, 40 hpw (37 flex)Enrollment: 1k+, 40 hpw (35 flex); 700-999, 38 hpw (27 flex);
  • LM Collection: Notable FactorsSchool Level: HS, 13k volumes; others, 11kES, 23 volumes/student; middle, 17; high, 12Enrollment: 2k+, 20k volumes;
  • 1st AIDS drug (95), Dolly cloning (97)

  • Copyright Year: Notable FactorsSchool Level: MS, 96Enrollment: 2k+, 96;
  • Computers: Notable FactorsSchool Level: ES, 10 SLMC, 85 networked; MS, 22 & 149; HS, 34 & 200Enrollment: 2k+, 45 SLMC & 500 networked;
  • Remote Database Access:Notable FactorsSchool Level: ES, 7/10; MS & HS 8/10Enrollment: 2k+, 9/10; 500-699, 7/10;
  • LMC Visits: Notable FactorsSchool Level: ES, 60 individual & 23 group; others 200-300 individual & 20 groupEnrollment: 2k+, 700 individual300+, 20-27 group,
  • LMC Expenditures: Notable FactorsSchool Level: ES, $5k; MS, $8k; HS, $11kEnrollment: 2k+, $22k ($9/student);
  • Gearing Up for 2009Watch AASL website, e-newsletter, listservs, etc.Spread the word via your state / regional association, state library agency, LIS education program, etc.Help us improve returns from private & charter schools, other under-represented groups (magnet, special ed, vo-tech)Suggest 3-5 one-time questions on hot topicsPlan to participate & encourage your colleagues

  • Gearing Up for 2009Communicate with us aboutHow you are promoting the surveyWhat you want to see from AASLPublications, productsHow you are using / want to use AASL dataWhat you want to see done with 2009 AASL data

  • Contact InformationAllison Cline, AASL Deputy Director: acline@ala.org Ann M. Martin, 2008-09 AASL President: libraryann@comcast.net Marcia Mardis, Chair, AASL Research & Statistics Committee: mmardis@umich.edu