ERIC Number: ED335046
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Current Status of Texas Library Media Specialists' Intervention with At-Risk Students.
Bluemel, Nancy Larson; Taylor, Rhonda Harris
A questionnaire was sent to 1,000 randomly selected public school librarians in October 1990 to determine how school library media centers fit into the program of intervention for at-risk students mandated by Texas legislation. Usable responses were received from 528 librarians, of whom only 32% reported being actively involved in their district or schools' at-risk programs. However, 77.7% of the respondents were aware of an at-risk coordinator in their district. Plans to request library materials geared to at-risk students were reported by 61% of the respondents. The most frequently listed material by a wide margin was high interest/low vocabulary books, followed by audiovisual materials; more than one third of the AV materials listed by respondents were computer related. The third and fourth most frequently mentioned materials (by 14.6%) were media related to societal issues that directly affect teenagers and drugs, vocational/career information, English as a Second Language, and self-esteem. Only 18% of the respondents reported unique services for at-risk students in their library media centers. Five categories which seemed to be the most common were: (1) librarians participating in school-wide support programs; (2) reading incentive programs; (3) computer/technology usage; (4) student peer programs; and (5) parental involvement. It was concluded that, while some librarians are providing exemplary service and support for the at-risk student, there is a need within the profession for more information and involvement. This report concludes with a summary of some of the reasons why more library media specialists are not involved in at-risk programs and four recommendations to the Texas Library Association Research and Scholarship Committee. Two appendices contain the questionnaire and analyses of the responses for individual questions presented in 11 figures. (BBM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Sponsor: Texas Library Association.
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Texas Library Association (April 11, 1991).