ERIC Number: ED345739
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-11
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Public Librarians' Perceptions of School Library Media Specialists.
Walser, Marianna Long
The study described in this report was designed to determine the general perceptions of public librarians regarding school library media specialists and to determine the influence of cooperative ventures on those perceptions. The population studies were randomly selected from all public libraries listed in "Georgia Public Library Statistics, 1989." A survey was designed and mailed to 169 potential respondents. The data collected were tabulated and analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) computer program. Chi-square analysis was used to determine the influence cooperation had on the public librarians' perceptions of school library media specialists. Almost three-fourths of the 104 librarians who responded to the survey had previously engaged in cooperative activities with school library media specialists. Only three survey items produced statistically significant results when cross-tabulated with participation in cooperative ventures. It was concluded that public librarians generally perceive school library media specialists as effective educators and skilled library professionals, and that their perceptions were most influenced by the: (1) cooperative planning between school library media specialists and teachers; (2) school library media specialists' involvement in professional associations; and (3) school library media specialists' openness to cooperation with public librarians. The survey instrument, cover letter, and respondents' comments are appended. (20 references) (Author/MAB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Research Study for the Degree of Specialist in Education, Georgia State University.