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

Subject(s)

Instructional materials personnel--New Jersey; School librarians--New Jersey

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine whether or not teachers expected a higher level of responsibility from the library media specialist in schools that employed at least one full-time library media specialist (n=47). Additionally, it investigated whether or not those teachers had a more in-depth understanding or acceptance of the roles of the library media specialist. Specifically it addressed the following research questions: 1.) What roles and responsibilities of the library media specialist did classroom teachers deem important? 2.) Was there a difference in teacher understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the library media specialist between schools that did or did not have a full-time library media specialist? Data were collected through an email questionnaire that was sent to 267 elementary school teachers in Gloucester County, New Jersey and 67 responses were received. Survey results showed that the presence of a full-time library media specialist was not related to the respondents understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the library media specialist.

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