Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship


Special Educational Services/Instruction


College of Education

First Advisor

Levy, Lynne


Instructional materials centers; Library circulation and loans; Local area networks (Computer networks)


Library and Information Science


The purpose of this paper was to provide the researcher with the opportunity to develop valuable experience and knowledge regarding local area networks in school library media centers.

The researcher focused on the following areas: (1) school visitations to observe and acquire hands-on experiences on how local area networks are used in school and library media center situations, (2) an analysis of the researcher's individual library media center to conduct a comparison of the districts that school visitations took place in order to determine what is necessary to further develop a more adequate local area network, (3) the design and development of instructional lessons for students in grades three through five who will operate computers connected to the local area network which is used to run the Winnebago Circulation and Cataloging System.

The following recommendations were made: (1) install a Turbo Pentium 32 MB RAM, 1.2GB hard drive, CD-ROM drive, 133MHz Server with 800MB tape drive capability to replace the old file server, (2) install a LANtastic Network Operating System to replace the Novell Network, (3) an additional Pentium 75 16MB RAM, 1GB hard drive, 133MHz workstation for patron access, (4) replace the coaxial cable with category 5 twisted pair cable, (5) purchase the Winnebago Spectrum Program, and (6) a flexible schedule or an increased preparation time for the library media specialist.