Date Approved

5-10-2007

Embargo Period

3-28-2016

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 L.

Subject(s)

Media programs (Education); School library supervisors

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

District school library media supervisors have been shown to be an asset to school library programs. Research has shown that school libraries can be more productive and successful, when they are coordinated by a supervisor holding advanced qualifications. The services offered by a district school library media supervisor can directly affect the role of the school library media specialists he/she supervises. Two groups of school library media specialists were surveyed to determine what services their district supervisor provided and how the presence or absence of this position affected the availability and quality of library services offered. Group A were respondents with district supervision and Group B were respondents without district supervision. The results showed that Group A received more administration, communication, teaching, facilitating, and leadership services on a regular basis than Group B. Both group perceptions differed greatly. Based on Group A responses, district supervisors played a major role in supporting the school library media specialist through services they provided. Based on the results of Group B services received and perceptions of district supervisors, they did not receive the same level of services as Group A.

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