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Print books preference study

An Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) study across approximately 30 countries found that teens who said they most often read paper books scored considerably higher on a 2018 reading test taken by 15-year-olds compared to teens who said they rarely or never read books. Even among students of similar socioeconomic backgrounds, those who read books in a paper format scored a whopping 49 points higher on the Program for International Student Assessment, known as PISA. That’s equal to almost 2.5 years of learning. By comparison, students who tended to read books more often on digital devices scored only 15 points higher than students who rarely read  – a difference of less than a year’s worth of learning.

Ikeda, M. and G. Rech (2022), “Does the digital world open up an increasing divide in access to print books?”, PISA in Focus, No. 118, OECD Publishing, Paris,

Print and Reading Study

Teenagers who say they most often read paper books scored higher on reading tests than their peers who rarely or never read, according to a study of students in about 30 countries by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Findings showed that students who read physical books also outpaced students who read digital books. 

OECD. (2022). Does the digital world open up an increasing divide in access to print books? (2022). OECD.

International Literacy Association Report about School Librarians

The International Literacy Association published a new report about the leadership of school librarians, which may be access at

Italian School Library Guidebook

Luisa Marquardt says:
Last year, wearing my multiples hats (AIB, IFLA, IASL etc.), I had the opportunity and honor to serve the “Forum del Libro” (i.e., Book Forum) and “Save the Children” NGO in a National project called “Futuro Prossimo” (Next future), focusing on reading as a means to combating educational poverty, especially among adolescents in deprived areas.
The booklet I edited and made available in the e-learning platform has now become a book (thanks to the above mentioned associations) and is available both in print and digital format.
It can be considered as “school librarianship in small bites”, an adaptation of the IFLA SL Guidelines to  the Italian context, a basic school library guideline, that can help those who are more or less totally new to  school librarianship or those who have been focusing their role more on reading promotion rather than on inquiry, information literacy etc.
My work couldn’t be possible without the many conversations, exchange of ideas and support from many colleagues and representatives of institutions and associations, among which I want to acknowledge and thank the IASL and the IFLA School Libraries Section.

Webinar celebrates indigenous writing for children

IBBY Canada and Storylines/IBBY New Zealand have combined to present a 2 hour session this Saturday from 12 noon to 2 pm. This event will celebrate indigenous writing for children and includes a conversation between Ben Brown and Jo-Ann Saddleback a Canadian elder. This event will also feature Gavin Bishop, Miriama Kamo and Tim Tipene.


You can register free here: