Date Approved

5-10-2007

Embargo Period

3-29-2016

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)

Library Web sites; School libraries--Public relations

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

In today's society, the use of technology is growing rapidly. School libraries have a responsibility to their patrons to keep up with this trend by providing information about the school library on the Internet. These Web sites must be well maintained and up to date. The purpose of this study was to evaluate elementary and middle school library Web sites to find if they were meeting the standard of a Web page.

With the use of a checklist, the researcher evaluated the school library Web sites based on appearance, ease of use, age appropriateness, and information that was included. After evaluating twenty elementary school library Web sites and twenty middle school library Web sites, it was found that only about 60% of the school libraries included information found necessary for a Web page. In conclusion, many school libraries were not utilizing technology in providing information to their patrons.

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