Using Your Outside Voice: Action Research Speaks for the School Librarian


  • Jennifer Robins



School library programs, Action research, Professional efficacy


Successful school library programs occur through careful planning and reflection. School librarians who are reflective practitioners observe how learning occurs in the library and the classroom and consider ways to improve it. They consult research and collaborate with teachers so students are more successful. This reflective process is improved when it is applied in a systematic way, through action research. With action research, reflection is based on evidence, using data collected by the practitioner.
This study presents cumulative outcomes from 156 action research projects conducted by 39 school librarians. It also includes results from a follow-up survey completed by 19 of the 39 school librarians that demonstrates how conducting action research affects their sense of professional efficacy.