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ERIC Number: EJ929877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-0961-0006
The Self-Perceived Status of School Librarians
Ritchie, Cristina Sacco
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, v43 n2 p88-105 Jun 2011
This study investigated how school librarians perceive their status within the school by looking at factors suggested by the literature as either impacting on, or impacted by, status: their relationships with their colleagues and supervisors, their role within the school, job satisfaction, and views on their careers and their training. Most respondents reported a high self-perceived status, on a par with a head of department, and they believed that teachers and their supervisors supported the library, they always felt welcome in the staff rooms, they felt regarded as both an important and a professional member of staff, and they were satisfied with their jobs. Those who identified themselves as having a low status within the school were far less likely to exhibit extra-role behaviour within the school and were far more likely to be planning on leaving their jobs within two years. This research fills a gap on what is known about the current picture of school librarianship, particularly in Scotland. Further research building upon this might further examine the relationship between head teachers, school management teams, and school librarians, as management emerged as the most influential factor of one's self-perceived status. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom