AASL has just launched our third year of the longitudinal study "School Libraries Count!" All K-12 schools, public and private, are invited to participate on a voluntary basis. Past participant's continued involvement is crucial when examining trends over time, as well as new participants so that an accurate reflection of the US educational demographics are represented.
Additional questions were added to last yearʼs study that focused on the use of social networking in the classroom. Findings showed that the majority of public and private schools were incorporating social networking tools into the classroom to aid in collaborative learning. This year's study will include additional questions regarding English Language Learners (ELLs) and resources made available to them through school library media programs.
The number of participants between years one and two of the survey almost doubled, in large part due to the collective efforts of AASL volunteers getting the word out, and we hope to double again in 2009.
Please spread the word now! Post to your website, listservs and blogs! The survey may be accessed directly at http://www.aaslsurvey.org. The last day to complete the survey is March 12.