School Library Media Center Census – 2002 and 2004
In May 2001, Minnesota Standards for Effective School Library Media Programs 2000 was published by the Minnesota Educational Media Organization.
In September, 2001, Metronet received a federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant to collect and analyze data based on the Standards for all Minnesota public school library media programs. Metronet has used this baseline data to determine the condition of school library media programs statewide and to assess the impact of school library media programs on student achievement. In October 2003, Metronet received a second federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant to collect and analyze current data. This second census was developed so Metronet and the other multitypes could use this second database to determine the 2004 condition of school library media programs statewide and to assess the impact of school library media programs on student achievement.
The census is now available in several formats for each year.
Use the census results:
- To assess where your school’s school library media programs stand in relation to the Standards.
- To help you explain how the roles media specialists play and the services they provide impact student success.
- To assist school districts and individual school library media programs to develop plans to improve their programs reflecting best practices.
The raw data is available by school and district.
Executive Summary (pdf 1750K)
Final Report (pdf 1895K) and Appendix (pdf 1290K)
All the background information on the census is contained in these two documents. They are also bound together and available from Metronet.
The LSTA grant to Metronet is administered by Library Development and Services (LDS), the division of the Department of Education which works to improve library service in Minnesota.