The American Association of School Libraries (AASL) released the results of its first longitudinal survey for school library media specialists, titled School Libraries Count!
The survey, conducted January – March 2007, gathered data in areas such as library staff, collections, technology, class visits, and budgets. The data will be used to develop tools to help library media specialists advocate at the local, state, and national levels.
The School Libraries Count! survey and report can be found online at http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/slcsurvey.cfm.
The survey will be conducted annually and will result in a longitudinal series that will provide data on the health of the nation’s school library media programs. The second survey is scheduled to open at the 2008 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia in January.