Date Approved

5-9-2005

Embargo Period

4-11-2016

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)

Home schooling--New Jersey; Libraries and home schooling--New Jersey

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if homeschoolers were being adequately served by the county public library systems of New Jersey. This was done by identifying and tabulating the materials, services, and policies available to homeschooling families served by twenty county library systems of New Jersey. The Website and online catalog of each system was searched using checklists developed by the researcher. A questionnaire developed by the researcher was completed by a representative of eighteen of the selected libraries. Most of the libraries surveyed had services and policies that were available to the general public rather than specifically for homeschoolers. The numbers of homeschooling materials varied, as did the percentage of titles available that were published since 2000. In conclusion, while three New Jersey county library systems offered many of the services, materials, and policies requested by homeschoolers, the remaining seventeen New Jersey county public library systems were in need of various improvements.

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