ERIC Number: ED398936
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of School Library Media Programs in Wisconsin. A Brief Report of Statistics, 1994.
Sorensen, Richard J.
In 1994, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction repeated its 1988 survey of public school library media programs. Included in this report are statistics considered most significant, and those most often requested. The 147-item survey included questions about staffing, services, operation, automation, and facilities related to the library media program. The survey's return rate was 91%, with 386 of the 427 Wisconsin school districts responding. To ensure accuracy, survey question data was entered by the respondents directly onto computer diskettes, from which it was merged into a database, with no manual data entry. Wisconsin schools with library media centers (LMCs) increased from 95% to 98%, exceeding the national average. The number of schools with full-time certified library media staff went up in all but high schools; high schools with library media staffing dropped five points, to 73%. Library media programs have expanded their services, despite a heavier student load. A large majority of library media specialists (85%) help teachers develop teaching and learning activities, up from 67% in 1988. Schools that provide interlibrary loan rose to 82% from 63% in 1988. CD-ROM availability rose to 76% and videodisc availability rose to 40% of all LMCs, both up from only 1% in 1988. LMCs in 35% of Wisconsin schools provide online database searching for teachers, and 32% provide the service to students, compared to only 6% of LMCs who had online database access in 1988. Job expectations of library media specialists have also expanded dramatically with new technologies; 62% of library media programs are responsible for coordinating instructional computing, compared to 53% in 1988. Automated library catalogs now exist in two-thirds of LMCs, up from only 2% in 1988. More than half of all LMCs have some type of "hypertext" software for students to use, 42% have at least one multimedia station, 19% provide access to a still video camera, and 30% have a computer graphics/motion program, all of which were unavailable in 1988. A copy of the survey is provided. (Author/SWC)
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, Library Automation, Library Catalogs, Library Equipment, Library Facilities, Library Personnel, Library Services, Library Statistics, Media Specialists, Multimedia Instruction, Multimedia Materials, Public Schools, School Libraries, State Surveys, Tables (Data)
Bureau for Instructional Media and Technology, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, P.O. Box 7841, 125 South Webster Street, Madison, WI 53707-7841.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin