Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Eric Walters School Library Summer Lending Challenge: Findings from the Research

A survey of quantitative and qualitative questions was sent to all participants in the Eric Walters School Library Summer Lending Challenge and the conclusion is that we need to set the books free and lend books for the summer! 

Can summer lending programs in Canada's school libraries be successful?  If so, what factors can contribute to this success?



111 schools responded to the survey representing at total of 4365 students who borrowed 28,042 books.  

The response was overwhelmingly positive and 43% of schools reported no book losses.

3 key themes emerged from the survey:

  • Access 
  • Choice
  • Trust
The program will run again this year with earlier promotion!



What can you do at your school, in your school district, or in your association?  

Comment on the paper or share on social media using #TMCanada2020 


Read the paper for specific recommendations for school libraries and school library professionals: The Eric Walters School Library Summer Lending Challenge: Findings from the Research by Anita Brooks Kirkland and Carol Koechlin 

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