Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship


Special Educational Services/Instruction


College of Education


Willett, Holly G.


Instructional materials personnel


Library and Information Science


The purpose of this study was to determine the role of the school media specialist as perceived by principals, teachers, and school media specialists. According to the current literature, the role of the school media specialists is multi-faceted. The role includes teacher, information specialist, technology person, and instructional consultant. A survey was prepared to determine if principals, teachers, and media specialists perceived the role in the same way. Two principals and thirty-five teachers were surveyed for this project. Three school media specialists were interviewed. The participants were from two districts in Atlantic County in the state of New Jersey. There were two schools in one district and one school in the second district. For the most part, principals, teachers, and media specialists defined the role of media specialist as outlined in the current literature. One or two areas in each role needed to be clarified by the school media specialist. The role of instructional consultant needs to be clarified, and the involvement of the school media specialist in technology should have been outlined. The school media specialists should keep the staff and principals updated and aware concerning the role the school media specialist fills.