School librarians hold a unique place in America’s education system, and I don’t just mean because most are odd. I chalk it up to the fact that we straddle the line between teacher and librarian, a role which always seems to inspire a bit of confusion on the part of outsiders (and, let’s face it, insiders as well).

“School Libraries Work” is a study done by Scholastic that steps up to the mic and gives a research-based shout out to school librarians everywhere. Updated for 2008, it cites 19 individual state studies linking library media specialists to student achievement. If your working in the schools, it’s a must read. Click the page below to see the full document.

(Thanks to Stephen’s Lighthouse for the link)