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ERIC Number: ED001584
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
Pages: 37
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REPORT ON EVALUATION OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LIBRARY PROGRAMS.
AS PART OF THE CONCERTED EFFORT TO ALLEVIATE READING PROBLEMS IN PROJECT SCHOOLS, LIBRARIAN SERVICES WERE PROVIDED TO ASSIST IN DEVELOPING READING PROGRAMS AND IN AIDING TEACHERS IN FINDING APPROPRIATE MATERIALS. FULL TIME LIBRARIANS WERE ASSIGNED TO THE TWO PROJECT SCHOOLS. THE PROGRAM WAS DESIGNED TO STIMULATE STUDENT INTEREST IN THE LIBRARY, TO DEVELOP READING HABITS, AND TO FACILITATE MAXIMUM USE OF RESOURCES BY TEACHERS. CLASS VISITS TO THE LIBRARY AND TIME FOR STUDENT CONSULTATION WERE PROVIDED TO INSTRUCT THE STUDENT IN THE USE OF THE LIBRARY. STORY HOURS AND FREE BROWSING TIME WERE ALSO PROVIDED, THE HOUR AFTER SCHOOL WAS USED FOR THIS PURPOSE AND FOR CHECKING OUT BOOKS. BOOK CLUBS AND LIBRARY-RELATED ACTIVITY GROUPS ALSO MET AFTER SCHOOL UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE PROJECT LIBRARIANS. LIBRARIANS SET TIME ASIDE TO CONSULT WITH TEACHERS, THEY HELPED DEVELOP INTERESTING READING ACTIVITIES FOR USE IN THE CLASSROOM. LIBRARY MATERIALS WERE AUGMENTED BY MAGAZINES, PAPERBACKS, AND BOOKS CONCERNED WITH MINORITY GROUP PERSONAGES. INFORMATION WAS COLLECTED TO DETERMINE THE EFFECT OF A SPECIAL LIBRARY PROGRAM ON VOLUME OF CIRCULATION, TYPES OF STUDENTS WHO PARTICIPATED, AND REACTIONS OF THE FACULTY TO THE SERVICES. EVIDENCE SUGGESTS DESIRABLE IMPROVEMENTS IN INTEREST LEVELS REFLECTED IN THE LARGE CIRCULATION INCREASES IN BOTH SCHOOLS. THE LIBRARY SERVED A VARIETY OF NEEDS SINCE CHILDREN OF MANY READING SKILL LEVELS VOLUNTARILY USED IT. VIRTUALLY THE ENTIRE SCHOOL RECEIVED SERVICE. TEACHER ESTIMATES OF THE VALUE OF THE PROGRAM AS A WHOLE WERE EXTREMELY HIGH, THERE WAS A STRONG INTEREST IN HAVING SUCH A PROGRAM CONTINUED.
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Identifiers: CALIFORNIA; California (Oakland)