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 L.


Instructional materials personnel--New Jersey; School librarians--In-service training--New Jersey


Library and Information Science


The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a correlation between how school media specialists learn about new technologies and the implementation of those technologies into their school media centers. The researcher expected that the more hours media specialists spent in professional development activities, the more likely it would be that the technologies learned in the professional development activities would be implemented in their media centers. The survey was prepared and sent to 126 media specialists throughout New Jersey. Sixty-one media specialists responded. The results of the survey indicated that there was some correlation between certain types of technology professional development activities and implementation of those technologies into media centers. However, it appears outside influences effected the overall results and a correlation could not be determined. The sample size of participants also limited the study. Future implications for similar studies are discussed and recommendations included taking into account these outside influences and sending the survey to a larger number of participants.