Date Approved

8-2-1999

Embargo Period

7-21-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Willett, Holly G.

Subject(s)

Public libraries; School libraries

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

What factors lead to the formation of a school-housed public library? The purpose of this case study was to investigate the issues involved in combining a school library and a public library into one facility designed to serve all members of the community. Such arrangements generate questions concerning planning, governance, staffing, finances, collection development, and evaluation. A combined school-housed library in Delanco, NJ was studied. Data was collected through literature, interviews, documents, observations, and site visitations. Dr. Shirley L. Aaron's A Study of Combined School-Public Libraries was used to design interview protocols. A site visitation checklist was also developed. Historical developments illustrated relevant patterns in the evolution of library service as well as those related to the community of Delanco. The data was then compared to findings of other studies presented in the literature. The study identified advantages and benefits along with problems and weaknesses associated with combining libraries. The research concluded that the public library and the school library are serving the members of the Delanco community better as a combined school-housed library.

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