Date Approved

5-8-2003

Embargo Period

5-5-2016

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)

High schools--Appropriations and expenditures; Instructional materials centers--New Jersey

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

This study examined the expenditures of southern New Jersey high school library media centers for the 2001-2002 school year. The applied research design employed mailed questionnaires to collect data from the sample of library media specialists from all public high schools in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, and Salem counties in New Jersey. Descriptive survey research and statistics were used to describe the characteristics of expenditures in print, non-print and electronic resources for 56 responses. Relationships between expenditures and socioeconomic rank were discussed, as were sources of funding.

As a region, public high school library media centers were found to be spending less on materials than the national average. High school LMCs in the region devoted a larger percentage of their total materials expenditures to print materials and electronic resources than their counterparts nationally. There was a relationship suggested between the DFG and the level of expenditure per pupil.

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