ERIC Number: ED038150
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Identification and Role of School Libraries that Function as Instructional Materials Centers and Implications for Library Education in the United States.
In 1961, the American Association of School Librarians requested a status study to identify elementary, junior and senior high school library programs which serve as instructional materials centers (IMC). An IMC library provides all types of instructional materials and services for teachers and pupils. Initial findings, which were tabulated after visits to the individual facilities, indicate that 472 school libraries in 28 states participated in the study and functioned as IMC programs. In 1964, school library supervisors in 41 states and the District of Columbia provided information about 259 additional schools raising the total to 731. Based on the quantity of resources and quality of programs and services identified, the libraries were grouped into five categories ranging from those with outstanding resources and service programs (type I) to those whose resources were less than adequate but were functioning as IMC programs (type V). The study indicated a relationship between: (1) IMC programs of library service; (2) librarians holding professional degrees; (3) availability of library schools; (4) state and school systems with library supervisors and (5) recommendations of national, regional and state standards for school libraries. Numerous charts, figures and tables amply illustrate the study's data. (NH)
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Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Graduate School of Library Science.