About the Project

Institute of Museum and Library Services. Grant announcement (with proposal).

Maughan, S. (2020, August 14). School librarian employment study receives IMLS grant. Publishers Weekly

Project Publications

Contexts of School Librarian Employment (2021, January 26).
This report summarizes responses to nine questions asked of school library leaders in all 50 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) to determine state support of school library programs. Questions address standards and guidelines, certification and staffing requirements, and direct funding and provision of statewide e-resources.

Appendix to Contexts of School Librarian Employment (2021, January 26). Updated 2/22/21
This document is the Survey Monkey report of individual state responses to the State Intermediary Survey. These are the data on which the Contexts report is based.

Requirements for School Librarian Employment: A State-by-State Summary (2021, January 27).
This report summarizes legal requirements for school librarian staffing in the 50 states and D.C.

An Interview with Debra E. Kachel and Keith Curry Lance on the IMLS project on the “SLIDE: School Librarian Investigation: Decline or Evolution?” « CPDWL Blog ( (2021, June 7).
Posted on the blog of the Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section (CPDWL) of the International Federation of Library Associations.

Published Articles

Kachel, D. E. (2021). Data speaks: Addressing equity of access to school librarians for students. Teacher Librarian, Submitted Jan/Feb issue. Accepted.

Forthcoming Publications

Lance, K C. & Kachel, D. E. (2021). “School librarian employment in the United States.” In Bryans, J. B. (Ed.), Library and book trade almanac 2021. 66 th ed. Information Today.

Kachel, D. E. & Lance, K C. (2021). The Status of state support of school library programs. Teacher Librarian, May/June issue. Accepted.