Project Reports

The COVID-19 Pandemic & Inequities in Access to School Librarians: A SLIDE Special Report (2022, August). This report analyzes changes in the status of school librarian employment between 2018-19 (the last full school year before the pandemic began) and 2020-21 (the latest data available since the pandemic’s onset).

Perspectives on School Librarian Employment in the United States, 2009-10 to 2018-19 (2021, July 19). Follow the title link to a separate page providing detailed access to this report’s major sections as well as a single PDF of the full report.

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.

Project Infographics

Visit this page for infographics spotlighting notable findings of the SLIDE project.

Published Articles

Kachel, Debra E., and Keith Curry Lance. COVID Impact on Access to School Librarians in the United States. IASL Newsletter, October 2022. (Reprinted with permission of the International Association of School Librarianship.)

Kachel, Debra E., and Keith Curry Lance. What’s behind the SLIDE? Administrator Interviews Begin. School Library Connection, March 2022.

Lance, Keith Curry, and Debra E. Kachel. The School Librarian Investigation—Decline or Evolution? Voices from the Front Lines. School Library Connection, March 2022.

Kachel, D. E., & Lance, K. C. (2021, August). Investigating the status of school librarian employment. School Library Connection.

Kachel, D.E. and Lance, K.C. (2021, August 2), What’s behind the SLIDE? findings from a study of school librarian employmentKQ Blog.

Also posted as Findings from the new school librarian employment study on American Libraries Direct, August 4, 2021.

Kachel, D. E. (2021). Data speaks: Addressing equity of access to school librarians for students. Teacher Librarian, 48(3), 49-52.

Kachel, D. E. & Lance, K C. (2021). The Status of state support of school library programs. Teacher Librarian, 48(5), 8-13.

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.