ERIC Number: ED367321
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jun
Assessing the Role of the Public Librarian with the Whole Language Teacher as Patron.
Anderson, Deborah W.
Public schools in Ohio are adopting whole language, literature-based curricula. As a result, teachers are using the public library more frequently, borrowing greater quantities of books and materials, and asking librarians to assume non-traditional roles such as that of curriculum planner and teacher. The purpose of this study was to examine how librarians view their changing roles, what lending procedures are in place to deal with greater demand for materials, and what materials and services are available to accommodate the whole language teacher. A questionnaire was mailed to 170 children's librarians employed in Ohio public libraries. The results of the study show that the role of the librarian is changing and that librarians welcome this change and view it as a positive one. Librarians are willing to take their skills and move beyond the walls of their library, are becoming knowledgeable about whole language, and are creating services to meet the needs of the whole language teacher. Librarians are attempting to solve the problem of serving the patron fairly while allowing whole language teachers to borrow the quantity of materials they need for their students. The survey instrument is included. (Contains 15 references.) (TMK)
Descriptors: Childrens Libraries, Educational Change, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials, Librarian Attitudes, Librarians, Library Materials, Library Research, Library Role, Library Services, Library Surveys, Mail Surveys, Public Libraries, State Surveys, Whole Language Approach
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio