Just stumbled across this undated article in the Chambersburg, PA, online newspaper, Public Opinion: School librarians meet for panel in Hershey. It provides a first-person account of the Professional Judgment Panel meeting in the Hershey area on January 10. As usual with newspaper articles, a few of the facts are scrambled. Still, it is good to see this very worthwhile project get some attention in the local media.
Two corrections: the RSL Research Group team of which I’m part has not done all of the school library impact studies (19 are mentioned in the article). We have been involved in a dozen or so of the almost two dozen studies we know of; but other research teams besides ours have conducted some of the studies–something we applaud. Also, the article suggests that surveys of librarians, teachers, and administrators have already taken place. In fact, we are only about to solicit librarian volunteers for their survey and to ask them to nominate teachers and administrators for those surveys. The three surveys instruments will be pretested this month, and administered in March and April.