On May 12, 2015 SCASL along with the SC State Department of Education held a press conference to announce the release of the results of The Impact of School Librarians and Library Programs on Academic Achievement of Students: The South Carolina Study. In late 2013, the South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL) commissioned a study of the impact of school libraries and librarians in South Carolina. The South Carolina study was completed by a nationally recognized research team, RSL Research Group, under the leadership of Dr. Keith Curry Lance. The purpose of this study was to assess the extent to which school libraries transform schools by contributing to student success. The study was released at the annual SCASL Conference March 11 - 13, 2015 and it confirmed the fact that certified school librarians and well-funded school libraries positively affect student achievement. This study illustrates how our school libraries EMPOWER students, INCREASE reading scores, IMPROVE standardized test results and LEAD student to develop 21st Century Learning skills. You can go to scasl.net for the complete results and to view a promotional video. You can also go to the Library Media page on the State Department’s website and the SCASL site to view the Library Media program standards documents, Achieving Exemplary Libraries and Standards for School Library Resource Collections. School librarians across the state use these important documents to achieve quality programs.