Date Approved

5-14-2004

Embargo Period

4-20-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Shontz, Marilyn

Subject(s)

Children's libraries--Collection development; Public libraries--United States

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

The purpose of this survey investigation was to ascertain the degree of conformity of selected public library electronic pathfinder collections for children in the United States and Canada to assess format, components, and readability and whether the collections were effectively constructed to be used as starting points for further research. This research paper explains the relationship of instructional design models, information literacy skills, and the analysis of selected resources. An email questionnaire was mailed to ten libraries within the United States and Canada. The email questionnaire is a modified version of a survey sent to academic libraries by Grimes and Morris in 2001. The modifications were made to identify how public libraries and children's services develop and maintain electronic pathfinders for children. Analysis of content of twenty-four electronic pathfinders was accomplished by a researcher-designed rubric.

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