FW: High School Librarians Needed for Research Study

From: "Sharon Rawlins srawlins@njstatelib.org [NJYAC]" ...@njstatelib.org>
Subject: FW: High School Librarians Needed for Research Study
Date: October 24th 2019



Please share with any high school media specialists whom you think might be interested.






Best regards,


Sharon Rawlins, MLS

Youth Services Specialist for Lifelong Learning

NJ State Library

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To: Sharon Rawlins <sraw...@njstatelib.org>
Subject: High School Librarians needed



Support this important research study

From Joyce Valenza:


Recruiting High School Librarians for a *critical* research study


Please help me spread the word to the exemplary high school librarians you know or, please nominate yourself!

Here are the details:

We are seeking participants for a statewide research study to explore the value of certified school librarians in providing instruction and resources to prepare students for academic work bridge situations of inequity, information poverty; and identify gaps relating to academic preparedness among freshmen students in New Jersey colleges.

The research team will select a sample of 20 to 30 high schools that meet the American Association of School Librarians' (AASL's) Definition of an Effective School Library Program

We are interested in understanding how college students who have had an effective high school library program, adjust to academic research in their freshman year of college. Do the experiences of these non-novice researchers look different from those of the general freshman population?  What are the differences in which high school library programs prepare students for college?  

Survey results can potentially help to identify specific effective practices, compare practices across high school contexts, understand challenges and barriers faced by professionals, develop strategies and tools to improve current practice and to inform the preparation of pre-service school library candidates. 

We are seeking candidates to participate in Stage 1 in a multi-stage research process.

If selected, librarians will: 

1. Respond to a survey regarding their high school library program

2. Act as a liaison to introduce the study to their local administrators. (the research team will provide letters of cooperation to school administrators explaining the study guidelines.)

3. Attend a brief online training session with the research team. 

4. Help recruit a volunteer student sample by distributing a flyer to the graduating Class of 2020. 

A follow-up study will engage academic librarians throughout the state to examine differences in competence and confidence between your students and those in the general freshman population.

We hope you will consider applying to participate in this important project. 

We will select a sample of high schools based on the AASL criteria and consideration of demographic, economic and geographic representation.

The research team includes:

  • Joyce Valenza, Ph.D., Rutgers University, Principal Investigator
  • Brenda Boyer, Ph.D., PTL, Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information, Department of Library and Information Science, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Rebecca Bushby, MLIS, Education Librarian at The College of New Jersey Library, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Ewa Dziedzic-Elliott, MLIS, Head Librarian, Lawrence High School, Investigator
  • Lisa Manganello, MLIS, PTL, Rutgers University, School of Communication
    and Information, Department of Library and Information Science, Librarian South Brunswick High School, Expert/Advisor

Here is the link to the recruitment instrument:  https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3UDfr1IyYcQ7M2h

or https://tinyurl.com/librarianrecruitment

Please feel free to write me with any questions!

Dr. V

Joyce Kasman Valenza, PhD
Assistant Professor, Rutgers University, SC&I      
skype: joycevalenza
twitter: @joycevalenza
NeverEndingSearch (School Library Journal)
About me: http://about.me/jvalenza




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