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Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship


Special Educational Services/Instruction


College of Education


Shontz, Marilyn L.


Elementary school libraries--New Jersey; Library research--New Jersey


Library and Information Science


The purpose of this investigative study was to explore the library information skills that elementary school library media specialists in the Camden City Public Schools taught to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The study was conducted to determine the school library media specialists' perceptions of the collaboration that existed for one selected research project. Of the 12 respondents to the mailed survey, all 12 replied that they taught alphabetical order, 10 taught the Dewey Decimal System, 10 taught use of an index, 8 taught how to use the Internet, and only 2 taught the Big6/Super3 Skills. Instruction in library and information skills was seen as a valuable and essential part of the school library media program. The majority of school librarians, 92%, responded that they did not assist with fourth grade PowerPoint presentations during the 2004/2005 school year. One recommendation resulting from this study is that there should be district sponsored workshops/inservices to train elementary school library media specialists when a district required project is assigned.