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National Library Power Program

Results of a 10-year project to improve school library programs in 19 communities.

Since 1988, the DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund has spearheaded a $40 million, nationwide effort to revitalize elementary and middle school libraries and make them the center of teaching and learning. Library Power provides for the physical renovation of library space, purchase of new books and other materials to update collections, and ongoing staff development for teachers, librarians and administrators. For Library Power newsletters and related documents, see the DeWitt Wallace-Reader's Wallace Foundation Publications, Library Power Executive Summary: Findings from the National Evaluation of the National Library Power Program [http://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/Libraries/Pages/Findings-From-the-National-Library-Power-Program.aspx] External link opens in new window or tab. .

Leading library and education researchers at the University of Wisconsin, led by Douglas Zweizig and Dianne Hopkins, both faculty from the School of Library and Information Studies, have been studying the initiative since 1994. Evaluation findings indicate that Library Power has produced school library programs that play an important role in supporting teaching and learning.

Highlights, which are outlined in Executive Summary: Findings from the Evaluation of the National Library Power Program include:

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