Research from the New York Comprehensive Center supports Public Libraries as Centers for Lifelong Learning
|“this brief presents research-based evidence, programmatic examples and offerings, and impact studies to demonstrate the critical role public libraries play throughout the statewide educational system.”|
document joins their previous work, Informational Brief: Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement, in a series that reveals the unique impact of each type of library on student achievement and lifelong learning.
This informational brief on public libraries analyzes and summarizes current research and reports about the impact of public libraries on learning in New York State and beyond. The Executive Summary notes that “this brief presents research-based evidence, programmatic examples and offerings, and impact studies to demonstrate the critical role public libraries play throughout the statewide educational system.” The scope of individuals positively affected by public libraries is clarified by highlighting several influential research projects in a single document, and the crucial impact of public libraries becomes evident.
As with the previous brief on school libraries, this document is aligned with the New York State Board of Regents Reform Agenda. This publication focuses on the positive effects public libraries have on people of all ages, beginning with early childhood learning and family literacy opportunities. The brief goes on to discuss the impact of public libraries on achievement for all students, particularly when it comes to digital literacy, summer reading opportunities and supporting underrepresented populations, including English Language Learners, socioeconomically disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities. Finally, the brief considers the impact of public libraries on lifelong learners in terms of opportunities for job seekers, entrepreneurs, immigrants and more. To read the full brief, visit: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/nyla/nycc_public_library_brief.pdf
To read the Informational Brief: Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement visit: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/nyla/nycc_school_library_brief.pdf
The New York Comprehensive Center (NYCC) is one of 16 regional comprehensive centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education. NYCC works with the New York State Education Department to support education leaders and encourage student achievement. For more information about NYCC, visit: http://www.nycomprehensivecenter.org/
The New York State Library has served New Yorkers, state government and researchers from throughout the United States for more than 185 years. One of the nation’s leading library development agencies and research libraries, the New York State Library is a program of the New York State Education Department and is located in Albany, New York. For more information about the New York State Library, visit: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov. For more information about the New York State Education Department, visit: http://nysed.gov.