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ERIC Number: ED560397
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 211
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3033-8489-9
Role Expectations for School Library Media Specialists: A Collective Case Study of Two Medium-Sized Wisconsin School Districts
Lea, Mark Keith
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin -- Madison
During this period of radical change in the field of information technology there is evidence of confusion about the role of school library media specialists in the implementation, and the administration of emerging information technologies in Wisconsin public schools. This study sought to answer the question what is the role of the school library media specialist (SLMS) in Wisconsin public schools? In-depth interview methodology was used to discover role expectations for workers in the area of information and instructional technologies. Among the sub-questions to be answered through the use of interview methodology were (a) what roles/services are expected exclusively of media specialists, (b) what role/services were expected to be shared with other personnel? There was reason to believe that role expectations for SLMS may vary by the instructional level at which they serve. Therefore, school library media specialists, at the (a) elementary, (b) middle school, and (c) high school levels were interviewed. Eight school library media specialists in two medium-sized school districts in south eastern and south central Wisconsin participated in the interviews. Among other things, the interviews revealed that school library media specialists at the elementary level preferred the role of Teacher as defined by Information Power (1998). At the secondary level, school library media specialists were found to prefer the role of "Information Specialist" as defined by "Information Power" (1998). [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Junior High Schools; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin