ERIC Number: ED112834
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-May
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of Book Selection Processes for Elementary School Libraries. Final Report.
A study was made of the book selection procedures and collections in the area of fourth grade science (astronomy and earth science) in 12 elementary schools in two Southwestern school districts. The six schools in District 2 utilized a local buying list in their acquisitions, those in District 1 did not. The hypothesis to be tested was that as selection procedures for elementary school libraries become less centralized and standardized, that is, not under the control of a local buying list, the quality of the collections improves because school librarians and teachers are more actively involved in selection. Through visits to the schools, data were collected using questionnaires and structured interviews with teachers and librarians, socioeconomic and reading achievement data from school records, a comparison of the school's science collection with a standardized list, and acquisition records for the past five years. Results indicated that teachers were not deeply involved in the selection process. The local buying list and exhibits seemed to create more interest in selection. Despite different selection procedures, the science collections in District 1 and District 2 were not appreciably different. (Author/SL)
Descriptors: Astronomy, Earth Science, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Grade 4, Librarians, Library Acquisition, Library Collections, Library Material Selection, Library Research, Literature Reviews, Questionnaires, Rating Scales, School Libraries, Science Materials, Teacher Participation, Textbook Selection
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: North Texas State Univ., Denton.