Date Approved

5-1-2006

Embargo Period

3-31-2016

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 catalogs; School libraries

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

An important tool of a school library media center is the automation system. The media specialist uses this tool to manage the media center's collection and ensure that students have access to the best and most up to date accurate information. The purpose of having an automation system was to improve student access to the media center collection. The advancement in technology in the past three decades has expanded the role of school media specialists.

This survey of the number of school media centers that have their catalog available on the Web was analytical. It was conducted with the use of an online questionnaire, which was administered through the Web site SurveyMonkey.com. New Jersey high school media specialists were able to access this online survey from a link that was placed in an email message. Out of the 522 public and private secondary schools in New Jersey, 63 secondary schools participated in the online survey conducted through SurveyMonkey.com. The results from this survey study showed that New Jersey high school media centers located further north and with a larger annual budget were more likely to allow Internet access to its catalog.

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