ERIC Number: ED374818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Public School Library Media Centers in 12 States: Report of the NCLIS/ALA Survey.
Lynch, Mary Jo; And Others
In 1993, both the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) concluded that up-to-date statistics about school library media centers (LMCs) were needed in light of current state and local reform efforts and pending federal legislation related to the National Education Goals. A questionnaire was sent to school libraries in 12 states to obtain information for a "snapshot" of the current status of LMCs. This report begins with a letter to the President of the United States presenting the highlights of the findings, including the following: many LMCs are poorly equipped to support instruction; half of elementary school libraries buy less than one book per student per year; and almost no LMCs have access to the Internet. The introduction then describes the rationale for the study and the survey methodology. Also included are comments on the data, including observations on four topics: material resources, working with teachers, technology, and expenditures. The data are presented in the 26 tables that make up the major part of this report; they are arranged alphabetically by state. The information presented includes data on expenditures, items acquired, staff, currentness and quantity of resources to support the instructional program, rating of entire collection to support multicultural education, number of computers, and use of the LMC during the school week. The survey instrument is appended. (JLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, Washington, DC.