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M.A. in School and Public Librarianship


Special Educational Services/Instruction


College of Education


Shontz, Marilyn


Instructional materials centers--New Jersey; School libraries--New Jersey


Library and Information Science


School library media centers should have a program that serves all students in the community, as well as meet the needs of a diverse population. In order to develop information literacy skills and create a life-long enjoyment of reading, students must have open access to the LMC. It is the role of the library media specialist to make sure that these needs are being met. The purpose of this study was to examine the library media programming methods used in K-8 school districts throughout the state of New Jersey. The results of this study were used to develop a library media center program that would bring the Absecon Public Schools into the 21st century. Surveys were mailed to 101 library media specialists in 51 K-8 school districts throughout New Jersey. A response rate of 51% (52 out of 101) was obtained. The results showed that 96% of the media centers were professionally staffed. The most commonly used scheduling system utilized in the media centers was fixed scheduling which restricted services to patrons. The role of the LMS which ranked the lowest in importance by the school districts was that of program administrator.