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Doug Achterman’s Haves, Halves, and Have-Nots dissertation

"Any school or district that decides not to invest in school library programs must account for that decision in terms of the public charge of equitable access to a quality education for all public school students."

Wow! Talk about a powerful statement. Where did I read this? It wasn’t the banner headline, but was in a paragraph on the 208th of 238 pages of a pdf file I read for fun tonight. Thanks to Connie Williams for sharing the link to Douglas L. Achterman’s dissertation "HAVES, HALVES, AND HAVE-NOTS: SCHOOL LIBRARIES AND STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT IN CALIFORNIA" for the PhD program for the University of North Texas.

Doug’s study was fascinating and made me so grateful for the University of Iowa education grad school professors who let me skip Statistics to jump right into the Educational Research class where I was able to see how terms like "Significant correlations", "multiple regression analyses", "bivariate correlations", and "literature review" would matter. 

I strongly urge you to take advantage of Doug’s research study being available online from the University of North Texas website.


  1. Vicky Alvear Shecter says:

    Another powerful statement: “There was a significant positive relationship between a majority of the 21 library services
    regularly provided and student achievement at all levels.” Makes sense!