Date Approved

5-1-2006

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

Subject(s)

Libraries and teachers; School librarians

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

The current research examined the practices of collaboration between teachers and school library media specialists. It also examined what levels of collaboration occurred between the two groups and what factors influenced their decisions regarding use of collaborative activities. Two electronic surveys were designed to give the researcher an idea of teachers' and library media specialists' use or non-use of collaboration and to determine what factors influenced the use or non-use of collaboration. Invitations to participate in the library media specialists' survey were posted using two online forums whose members are media specialists. The participating media specialists were invited to recruit teachers to participate in the teachers' survey.

The overall results indicated that collaboration did occur between the school media specialists and classroom teachers who participated in the study and that most felt satisfied with the results of their collaborative activities.

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