Teacher librarians as influencers on reading cultures in schools

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Teacher librarians are influencers! One area they use this influence in is the promotion of reading for pleasure; an area that has demonstrated significant impact on student outcomes (Cliff Hodges, 2010; Jennifer & Ponniah, 2015; Krashen, 2020; Laurenson et al., 2015; McQuillan, 2019; Whitten et al., 2016). However, there are a number of factors that can hinder the teacher librarian’s influence in this area, such as student reading identities (Clark et al., 2008; Dierking, 2015; Gagen-Spriggs, 2020; Lee et al., 2021; Lin et al., 2021; Masterson, 2022; Merga, 2017), reading motivation (Gagen-Spriggs, 2020; Gambrell et al., 1996; Malloy et al., 2013), staff and student perceptions and experiences (Atkinson, 2006; Beumer Johnson, 2011; Clark et al., 2008; Dowell, 2019; Erickson, 2022), and support from school leadership (Henri & Boyd, 2001; Merga, 2019; Merga & Mason, 2019). It is therefore essential that teacher librarians harness their influence to positively affect the reading culture within their schools to increase engagement with reading for pleasure.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2023
Event26th International Forum on research in school librarianship - Lasallian Research and Resources Service, Rome, Italy
Duration: 17 Jul 202321 Jul 2023
Conference number: 26


Conference26th International Forum on research in school librarianship
Abbreviated titleFlourishing School Libraries:Research, Policy, and Practice
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