Date Approved

5-11-2006

Embargo Period

4-3-2016

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)

Public libraries--New Jersey; School libraries--New Jersey

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify the elements necessary for a successful collaboration between public libraries and school libraries, as well as to measure the collaborative efforts between the school and public libraries. This study was geographically limited to all school libraries and public libraries in Atlantic and Cape May Counties of Southern New Jersey. This study of public and school library collaboration utilized applied research techniques. Mailed questionnaires were sent to public and school libraries in Atlantic and Cape May Counties. The response rate was 58% for public libraries and 54% for school libraries from the two. The results of this study provided an awareness of the collaborative efforts that existed among the public and school libraries in two New Jersey counties. As a result of this study, the researchers concluded that the collaboration efforts between the school and public libraries in Atlantic and Cape May Counties were dismal. A definitive and measurable lack of communication was apparent. The most promising effort seemed to be in the area of providing summer reading lists to the public library. Since the results reflected a lack of collaboration between the two libraries, the researchers recommended establishing partnerships to help increase student achievement.

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