ERIC Number: ED331505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Public School Library Media Centers in South Carolina: A Survey of Service Levels Offered. Conducted during School Year 1988/1989.
Townsend, Catherine M.
A state-wide survey was undertaken in 1988-1989 to determine the status of the library media programs in South Carolina's public schools. The first of two phases of the study involved the compilation of statistical data reported to the State Department of Education by building level administrators on the Basic Educational Data System (BEDS) for the years 1986-1987, 1988-1989, and 1989-1990. Phase 2 was a survey of a stratified random sampling of South Carolina library media centers to determine the service levels for media programs throughout the state. The survey responses and demographic information were analyzed to explore the following questions: (1) whether there is a relationship between service levels and budget, collection size, or student population; (2) whether flexible scheduling has an effect on service levels; (3) which of the three types of services--warehousing, reactive, or pro-active--are most prevalent in school library media centers in South Carolina; (4) what the statewide averages for overall service level are by type of school, secondary and elementary budget ranges, and prevalent types of scheduling in elementary media centers; and (5) what the district statistics are for instructional materials expenditures per pupil, average school population, average seating per library media center, and collection size on a per pupil basis. The report concludes with a comparison of statistics on library media program budgets, collection size, and seating space from the "Introduction Power" national surveys for 1987 and 1988 conducted by Miller and Moran, and the state demographic information. (MAB)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Demography, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Resources Centers, Library Collections, Library Expenditures, Library Materials, Library Personnel, Library Planning, Library Services, Library Surveys, Public Schools, Resource Allocation, School Libraries, Statistical Analysis, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Media Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: South Carolina
Note: Table (pages 16-19) contains marginally legible print. For a related report, see IR 053 529.