2018-19 Wyoming School Library Statistics Released

Second grade student at Dildine Elementary during the 2018 Wyoming Snapshot Day event.

The numbers are in: the results of the Wyoming School Library Survey 2018-19 have been released and may be found on the Wyoming State Library statistics page.

Annually, the Wyoming State Library conducts a voluntary survey of school libraries to collect basic information on staffing, budgets, student use of the library, and other measures. A large body of research has shown that a strong school library program — with sufficient staffing, collections, and budget — is associated with higher student test scores.

The response rate for this year’s survey was lower than in 2017-18. There are several possible contributors to the decline, including high staff turnover, and school closures, as well as a trend in staffing school libraries with non-certificated personnel

Questions about the survey, or about other school library issues, may be directed to Paige Bredenkamp, WSL School Library Consultant, at paige.bredenkamp@wyo.gov or (307) 777-6331.

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