ERIC Number: ED415917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
School Library Media Center Resources. Indicator of the Month.
National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Historically, libraries have been an important component of the educational process, contributing to the success of the educational mission of schools. Education reform has prompted increased attention to the role school library media centers might play in the expanding role of computer- and technology-based education. However, policymakers have expressed concern that school library media centers have suffered from inadequate resources and support. Differences in library resources between schools can indicate how technology-based equipment and services are distributed as well as student accessibility to these resources. This two-page report provides data for school year 1993-94. About one-third of public school library media centers had computers with modems, automated circulation systems, and database searching capability with CD-ROM; 9% had on-line database searching capability; and 47% had the capability to use CD-ROM periodical indices. Library media centers in public schools with less than 20% minority enrollment were more likely to have computers with modems, database searching capability with CD-ROM, and on-line database searching capability than libraries in schools with 20% or more minority enrollment. The availability of resources and services provided by library media centers was also directly related to the poverty level of the school. Public school library media centers were far more likely to have computers with modems, automated circulation systems, database searching capability with CD-ROM, and a connection to the Internet than were private school library media centers. Includes a table showing the percentage of public school library media centers that offered selected services and equipment, by selected school characteristics, and graphs showing the percentage of public school library media centers that offered selected services and equipment, by percentage of minority students enrolled, and by percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. (SWC)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Access to Education, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Internet, Learning Resources Centers, Library Automation, Library Funding, Library Statistics, Media Specialists, Minority Groups, Online Catalogs, Public Schools, School Libraries, Technology Integration
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Extracted from "The Condition of Education, 1997," see ED 410 681.