Children's and Young People's Reading 2014 - A survey by the British National Literacy Trust. In this extensive survey, the reading of text messages, emails, and web sites are included in the analysis of reading done by young people.
Early Reading Proficiency in the United States - a study of fourth grades by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, January, 2014. Reading proficiency has improved, but there are still disparities based on race, income, and for dual language learners.
Younger Americans' Library Habits and Expectations - A Pew study of reading and library use by Americans ages 16 - 29. They are all online, but they still visit libraries and more have read a paper book than older Americans. They are also users of library web sites. This study is dated June 25, 2013.
The State of America's Libraries 2013 - a report issued April, 2013 by the American Library Association. Libraries continue to provide resources as their budgets are being reduced. They are also meeting challenges to books, and are advocating free access to digital resources.
Remodeling Literacy Learning - a report from the National Center for Literacy Education which was issued on March 19, 2013. The report shows that the components for literacy education are in place, but more time for planning is needed. School librarians play a critical role in literacy education through their collaboration with colleagues and through the professional development which they conduct.
Teens and Technology 2013 - A survey by the Pew Research Center released March 13, 2013. Teens are increasingly accessing the internet from mobile devices, and one in four access the internet only from their smart phone.
Library Services in the Digital Age - From the Pew Internet and American Life Project, Jan. 22, 2013. Americans want their public libraries to have both books and technology. 85% of Americans over 16 want the public library to coordinate more closely with public schools. 91% of Americans find public libraries important to both them and their families.
How Teens Do Research in a Digital World - A study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, November, 2012. The majority of teachers surveyed believe that the Internet is creating a generation of easily distracted students with short attention spans.
Are US Students Ready to Compete ? - A study comparing the proficiency of US students with those in the rest of the world. Thirty one per cent of US students are proficient in reading, and the US ranks 17th among the 65 countries that participated. This study is by Paul E. Peterson, Carlos Xabel Lastra-Anadon, Eric A. Hanushek and Ludger Woessmann, Fall, 2011.
Librarians in the U.S. from 1880-2009 - Based on US census data. There is information on the number of librarians, salaries, age, and more. This is from the Oxford University Press blog, June 20, 2011.
Public Libraries Survey, Fiscal Year 2008 - Published in June, 2010. This is a fact filled survey of the use of and the materials in public libraries of the US. It was conducted by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Basic Reading Skills and the Literacy of the America's Least Literate Adults - This study released in May, 2009 finds that 14 per cent of the US adults age 16 and over have trouble with basic reading and writing. This study "presents new analyses from a nationally representative survey conducted in 2003 by the US Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)".
The ILMS Study of Libraries, Museums and the Internet - February, 2008. This study finds the amount of use of the Internet is positively correlated with the number of in-person visits to museums and has a positive effect on in-person visits to public
libraries. This study is in pdf format.
The Nation's Report Card: Reading 2007 - This study of 4th and 8th graders shows that gains are being made, but that the gap between minority and white students was not closing. Girls are still reading better than boys.
Second Evaluation of the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries Program - by the Department of Education, 2009. This is a study of the effect of grant money from the No Child Left Behind program on recipients of these grants. The findings show that the grantees improved their collections and increased the number of hours the library was open to students. There is no clear effect on student achievement. This report is in the pdf form.
School Library Media Centers - Selected Results From the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002.This is a study of school library services for 15.000 tenth graders conducted by the National Center for Educational Statistics.
Fifty Years of Supporting Children's Learning - A History of Public School Libraries and Federal Legislation, 1953 - 2000. This report by Joan S. Michie and Barbara A. Holton contains a great deal of statistical information about school libraries during this period. The report is available as a pdf file.