Date of Award

5-1979

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Master of Library

Abstract

Librarians have always been looked upon by patrons and administrators simply as "a keeper of books." According to West (1972, p. i) the twentieth century library educator has had a calling for improving this simple existence, which has meant a moving, shaking, and transformation of the librarian profession. For this reason, this writer has chosen to investigate the role of the school library media specialist as perceived by the elementary school principal.

Author and librarian Helen E. Saunders (1968, p. 172), states that the effectiveness of the school library media specialist strongly depends on how the role of the specialist is viewed by the top managerial person in the elementary educational block. Based on this statement, this writer deems it significant to investigate the depth of thought the elementary school principal has of the newly acquired role of the library educator.

For the purpose of the study the following questions will be answered: 1. How extensive is the elementary school principal's knowledge of the role of the school media specialist in regard to "Services to Students" as shown by specific percentage findings? 2. How extensive is the elementary school principal's knowledge of the role of the school media specialist in regard to "Services to Teachers" as shown by specific percentage findings? 3. How extensive is the elementary school principal's knowledge of the role of the school media specialist in regard to "Organization and Administration" as shown by specific percentage findings? 4. What percentage of elementary school principals surveyed indicated a need for an in-service or orientation on the role of the school media specialist?

Committee Chair/Advisor

Marion Henry

Publisher

Prairie View A&M University

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Date of Digitization

12-14-2021

Contributing Institution

John B Coleman Library

City of Publication

Prairie View

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