Date Approved

5-4-1998

Embargo Period

8-10-2016

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)

Instructional materials personnel

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the role of the school media specialist as perceived by principals, teachers, and school media specialists. According to the current literature, the role of the school media specialists is multi-faceted. The role includes teacher, information specialist, technology person, and instructional consultant. A survey was prepared to determine if principals, teachers, and media specialists perceived the role in the same way. Two principals and thirty-five teachers were surveyed for this project. Three school media specialists were interviewed. The participants were from two districts in Atlantic County in the state of New Jersey. There were two schools in one district and one school in the second district. For the most part, principals, teachers, and media specialists defined the role of media specialist as outlined in the current literature. One or two areas in each role needed to be clarified by the school media specialist. The role of instructional consultant needs to be clarified, and the involvement of the school media specialist in technology should have been outlined. The school media specialists should keep the staff and principals updated and aware concerning the role the school media specialist fills.

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