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Daley, M. (2019). Raising readers: How to nurture a child's love of books. St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press.

Maniotes, L.K. (2018). Guided Inquiry Design (R) in action: Elementary school. Englewood, NJ: Libraries Unlimited.

Maniotes, L.K. (2016). Guided Inquiry Design (R) in action: High school. Englewood, NJ: Libraries Unlimited.

Maniotes, L.K., Harrington, L. & Lambusta, P. (2015). Guided Inquiry Design (R) in action: Middle school. Englewood, NJ: Libraries Unlimited.

Merga, M. (2018). Reading engagement for tweens and teens: What would make them read more? Englewood, NJ: Libraries Unlimited.

Rendina, D. (2017). Reimagining library spaces: Transform your space on any budget. Eugene, OR: ISTE.

Robertson, N.D. (2018). Connected librarians: Tap social media to enhance professional development and student learning. Eugene, OR: ISTE.



Scan is a peer refereed online journal of the NSW Department of Education which publishes articles about quality learning, teaching ideas, research and emerging trends.

School Library Research
SLR is
 the scholarly refereed research journal of the American Association of School Librarians. It's purpose is to promote and publish high quality original research concerning the management, implementation, and evaluation of school library programs, with an emphasis on instructional theory, teaching methods, and critical issues relevant to school libraries and school librarians.

QUTePrints: Library and Information Sciences
QUT ePrints is an institutional repository of eprints which showcases some of the research output of QUT staff and postgraduate students.

Evidence Based Library & Information Practice (EBLIP)
EBLIP publishes original research and commentary on the topic of evidence-based library and information practice, as well as reviews of previously published research (evidence summaries) on a wide number of topics. 

Information Research 
Information Research is an open access, international, peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, dedicated to making accessible the results of research across a wide range of information-related disciplines.

Journal Articles

Gillespie, A. M., Miller, F., Partridge, H. L.B., C. S., & Howlett, A. (2017). What do Australian library and information professionals experience as evidence? Evidence Based Library and Information Practice12(1), 97-108.
In a connected world youth are participating in digital content creating communities. This paper introduces a description of teens' information practices in digital content creating and sharing communities.

Hughes, H. E. (2013). School libraries and teacher-librarians: Evidence of their contribution to student literacy and learning. Curriculum and Leadership Journal11(12).
International research provides compelling evidence that school libraries and teacher-librarians make a significant contribution to student literacy and learning outcomes. After summarising previous research, this article presents recent research focused on Gold Coast schools.

Hughes, H., Bozorgian, H., & Allan, C. (2014) School libraries, teacher-librarians and student outcomes: Presenting and using the evidence. School Libraries Worldwide, 20(1), 29-50.
Evidence is required to ensure the future viability of school libraries and teacher-librarians. This review, which arises from recent Australian research (Hughes, 2013), collates international and Australian research about the impacts of school libraries and teacher librarians. It strengthens the evidence base and recommends how this evidence can be best used to advance school libraries and teacher-librarians and enhance student learning.

Merga, M. (2019). How do librarians in schools support struggling readers? English in Education 53(2), 145-160.
Semi-structured interview data were collected from teacher librarians at 30 schools and analysed to identify practices exercised by teacher librarians that aligned with extant research around supporting struggling readers. 

O'Connell, J., Bales, J. & Mitchell, P. (2015). [R]Evolution in reading cultures: 2020 vision for school libraries.The Australian Library Journal, 64(3), 194-208.
n response to ALIA's 2013 statement that book collections would establish 50:50 physical to digital equilibrium by 2020, the authors seek to understand the current context and state of play in school libraries.

Media Reports

Callaghan, G. (2019, 22 June). Spotlight: Red alerts over reading. Good Weekend, Sydney Morning Herald.

Pepper, F. & Nithi, S. (2018, 19 Dec). How to get your teenagers to read more. Life Matters, Radio National, ABC. (Radio interview with Dr Margaret Merga and Holly Godfree).

Stünzner, I. (2018, 19 Feb). How to transform your teenager from a reluctant reader to avid bookworm in five steps. ABC Capricornia (based on an interview with Dr Margaret Merga).

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