ERIC Number: ED344611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Professional Periodicals Read by Elementary School Library Media Specialists.
Curlee, Faye S.
The purpose of this study was to determine what professional periodicals and their contents were being read by elementary school library media specialists. The relationship of professional status to the number of professional periodicals read was also examined. Of 140 school library media specialists surveyed, 111 responded to the questionnaire. It was found that "School Library Journal,""Media & Methods,""Instructor," and "Mailbox (Primary)" were read (either cover to cover, in specific sections, or browsed) by over 57% of respondents. More than 70% of the respondents have never read seven of the nine professional technology-related periodicals listed on the questionnaire. Reviews and the table of contents were sections of journals read by over 90% of the respondents while job classifications were read by only 40.5%. Using analysis of variance, no significance was found between the number of professional periodicals read and professional status. It is concluded that periodicals offering reviews for selection and articles concerning curriculum were read most often by elementary school library media specialists. Technology-related journals were read the least. Monthly activity articles, personal sharing articles, reviews and table of contents were the most favored sections of professional periodicals. Professional status and/or years of experience made no apparent difference in the number of professional periodicals read. Five appendixes provide: (1) a metropolitan statistical area map of Atlanta; (2) the survey instrument; (3) the field test letter; (4) a cover letter; and (5) survey data. (26 references) (Author/MAB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Specialist in Education Thesis, Georgia State University.