ERIC Number: ED346867
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Library Media Programs in Georgia Schools of Excellence: A Comparative Study.
Hysong, Deborah L.
The purpose of this study was to compare library media programs located in Georgia Schools of Excellence, and determine how they contribute to the overall success of their schools' instructional program. The library media specialists surveyed worked in 195 schools that have been selected as Georgia Schools of Excellence from 1984 to 1991. A three-page questionnaire examined the frequency of: (1) qualitative library media services provided; (2) leadership characteristics displayed by library media specialists; and (3) exemplary activities or services conducted by library media programs that brought them public recognition. Analyses of the data indicated that: (1) a majority of the qualitative services identified in the questionnaire were provided at least occasionally by more than three-fourths of the library media programs; (2) about three-fourths of the library media specialists exhibited most of the leadership characteristics at least periodically; and (3) about half of the respondents indicated they implemented services or engaged in activities that brought recognition to their library media programs. School level and size were shown to significantly affect the frequency with which some of the services or leadership activities were performed. It was concluded that continued progress needs to be made in the areas of nonprint media production and use of computer technology, and that, although library media specialists are active supporters of the instructional program, they need to take a stronger leadership role in curriculum development, activities of professional organizations, and student activities outside the confines of the library media center. A copy of the questionnaire is appended. (25 references; 16 tables/graphs) (BBM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia