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Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship


Special Educational Services/Instruction


College of Education


Levy, Lynne


Lower Alloways Creek Elementary School (Salem, N.J.); Library orientation for school children


Library and Information Science


The purpose of this thesis is to develop a library curriculum guide for grades four through eight for the Lower Alloways Creek Elementary School, Salem, New Jersey.

Prior to this guide, the library curriculum for Lower Alloways Creek Elementary School consisted of an outdated skills array. It no longer met the needs of the students or the staff of the school. With the addition of an automated circulation and catalog system, as well as CD-ROM, and the Internet, it became clear that the curriculum must be redeveloped, revised and thoroughly updated to include these new technologies. This will assist in the preparation of the students to use technology and function effectively in the twenty-first century.

To determine what elements should be included in the new guide, the literature was searched to establish what was being done in other locations throughout the country. Students and teachers were surveyed to ascertain their needs for the media center. Area schools were also visited to witness first-hand the integration of technology skills with the library/media curriculum.

The result is a curriculum guide that will assist Lower Alloways Creek Elementary School in preparing students to effectively and efficiently use the library/media centers of today and tomorrow.