Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship


Special Educational Services/Instruction


College of Education


Shontz, Marilyn


Instructional materials centers--Planning; School libraries--Planning


Library and Information Science


The purpose of this study was to determine if media specialists were using effective planning processes in renovating school libraries or building new school library facilities. A second purpose was to propose recommendations for improving planning processes to make them more effective and efficient in creating the best possible school library facility. A researcher devised checklist was created through a literature search and was presented on two electronic listservs. Thirty responses were used from two email electronic listservs. Those who responded did use some or all of the outlined planning procedures that were provided in the electronic survey. The results showed that those who had renovated their library were more involved in the planning processes. When the respondents were asked how the process could be changed to better benefit the project, those who responded had the consensus that the media specialist should be aware of all steps, the procedures for those steps and timelines for the entire project. Overall, those who responded gave immense feedback on improvement of the planning procedures. Further studies are recommended in order to revise the planning procedures for renovating and/or building new school media centers.