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M.A. in School and Public Librarianship


Special Educational Services/Instruction


College of Education


Shontz, Marilyn L.


High school librarians--New Jersey; Instructional materials personnel--New Jersey


Library and Information Science


This paper presents the methodology and results from surveys of New Jersey school library media specialists at 88 public secondary schools. The study examined how LMS reached out administratively to their learning community. Specifically, it addressed the following research questions: 1. HOW did the library media specialists promote the importance of the media center and its resources and services? 2. WHAT did library media specialists communicate to the learning community? 3. WHO did library media specialists communicate with in their learning community? 4. Were the library media specialists taking advantage of the American Library Association advocacy tools to help them communicate their resources? Data were collected using a print based survey instrument, then coded into numerical values for tabulation before analysis.

Survey results showed that the LMS did communicate with their learning communities, some not as efficiently as recommended by the professional associations. The implications of the results are discussed in the summary and conclusions.