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Ballard, S. D., March, G., & Sand, J. K. (2009). Creation of a Research Community in a K-12 School System Using Action Research and Evidence Based Practice. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 4(2), 8–36.

This study provides an example of EBP in action research in a school library. The authors use a teaching model based in EBP to examine instruction in the school library.

DiScala, J., & Subramaniam, M. (2011). Evidence-based practice: A practice towards leadership credibility among school librarians. School Libraries Worldwide, 17(2), 59-70. Retrieved from

This paper examines the possibilities of EBP in school libraries in affirming the role of the school librarian as leader. The authors use examples of EBP in linking student achievement to school library programs.

Geitgey, G. A., & Tepe, A. E. (2007). Can You Find the Evidence-Based Practice in Your School Library? Library Media Connection, 25(6), 10–12.

This article takes a close look at EBP in the school library, taking the initial work of Ross Todd and working to applying it directly and concretely.

Marsh, J. A., Pane, J. F., & Hamilton, L. S. (2006). Making Sense of Data-Driven Decision Making in Education: Evidence from Recent RAND Research. RAND Corporation.

This guide provides an overview of using data in education to make decisions, much like EBP. The focus is largely on testing data, but there are opportunities to consider data collection and use across the curriculum and in many learning situations.

Ontario Ministry of Education. (2014). Using Data: Transforming Potential into Practice. Ideas Into Action for School and System Leaders. Retrieved from

This guide from the Ontario Ministry of Education takes a very practical approach to data-drive practices, which align with collecting evidence for practice. Though sometimes using some different language and jargon, this guide is heavily aligned with EBP and has some great pointers.

Reinoso, H. (2016, January 14). Hierarchy of Evidence [Video file]. Retrieved from

This video takes a closer look at some of the different types of evidence that can be collected.

Rust, F., & Clark, C. (2007). How To Do Action Research in Your Classroom: Lessons from the Teachers Network Leadership Institute. Teachers Network Leadership Institute. Retrieved from

This extensive guide provides detailed information on conducting action research in the classroom. EBP and action research are closely aligned and this guide provides many helpful tools and strategies for conducting research and collecting data in the classroom or library.

Todd, R. J. (2015). Evidence-Based Practice and School Libraries. Knowledge Quest, 43(3), 8–15. Retrieved from

Todd's article reexamines his ideas on EBP in school libraries from previous works. This overview on EBP provides insights into the different types of evidence and how they can be applied to work for the school librarian locally and in efforts toward advocacy.

About the Author

Jeffrey DiScala, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University. He earned his master's and doctorate from the University of Maryland. He is co-principal investigator for The Lilead Project, a research and professional development program for school library leaders. His research interests include education, technology, and information policies in education and professional development for school librarians and classroom teachers. He has co-authored numerous articles in publications such as Library Quarterly, School Library Research, School Libraries Worldwide, and Knowledge Quest.

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DiScala, Jeffrey. "Putting Evidence to Work in Your Library: Bibliography." School Library Connection, January 2019,
DiScala, Jeffrey. "Putting Evidence to Work in Your Library: Bibliography." School Library Connection, January 2019.
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