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ERIC Number: EJ1057518
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: EISSN-2165-1019
Access Denied: School Librarians' Responses to School District Policies on the Use of Social Media Tools
DiScala, Jeffrey; Weeks, Ann Carlson
School Library Research, v16 2013
Public school districts often block access to online social media tools. While considered a preventive measure to ensure student safety and limit district liability, this policy strips school librarians and their collaborating teachers of opportunities to instruct students in using social media tools creatively and responsibly. Using one school district as a case study, this study examined the perceptions and responses of high school librarians to district policies that limit the use of social media tools. It was determined that the way the school district presented its policies could affect how school librarians perceived and applied them. As the school district unintentionally shifted from formal to informal to implied policy documentation, this study found that the school librarians' perceptions and applications of the policies varied substantially.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A