Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship


Special Educational Services/Instruction


College of Education

First Advisor

Shontz, Marilyn


Elementary school teachers; Instructional materials centers; School librarians


Library and Information Science


The purpose of this study was to determine whether or not there was a difference in third grade students' non-required school library uses if collaboration on a weekly basis between the educational media specialist and classroom teacher was present. The study contained one experimental group, consisting of one class of third grade students who received collaborative instruction and one comparison group who did not. A comparison of these two groups' non-required library use and their circulation habits, as well as the types of activities they participated in when they were in the library led to the following results: Increased exposure to the educational media specialist did not affect third grade students' number of non-required visits to the library or the number of items third grade students circulated. Students from the experimental group did participate in more of a variety of types of activities than students from the comparison group. A discussion on considerations and recommendations is provided.