Date Approved

8-8-2006

Embargo Period

4-5-2016

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)

High school librarians; School libraries--Activity programs

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

Utilizing an experts' consensus from the field of school librarianship of the characteristics of a successful school library program, this study aimed to corroborate what data collected by 9th-12th grade school librarians articulate and validate a successful school library program. Information Power was used as the industry standard for determining the standards of successful school library programs. First; a meta-analysis was done to identify the experts in the field of school librarianship. Second, a Delphi study was used with the experts to corroborate what data needs to be collected by 9th-12th grade school librarians to validate the success of a school library program.

By consensus, three data collection techniques were determined to be valid to articulate and validate a successful school library program: library expenditures per full-time equivalent (FTE) student to report sufficient funding; an analysis of lesson plans to report alternative ways for students to achieve SLM program's support of diverse learning styles; and the student outcomes after collaborative lesson planning of lessons with library components are a valid measure that a SLMS is collaborating, modeling, and promoting.

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