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New York State’s School Libraries and Library Media Specialists: An Impact Study

School library media centers should focus on motivating students, expanding access to technologies, and working with students with disabilities, recommends a report by Ruth V. Smalls, a professor of school information studies at Syracuse University.

The reportRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader, the first in a two-year study that will examine the impact of certified librarians on student achievement, collected more than 1,000 electronic surveys from elementary school librarians in New York state. Many librarians surveyed for the study said that much of the frustration they experienced in their jobs was due to the poor quality of facilities, a lack of technology, and from being limited to part-time employment.

Vol. 27, Issue 26, Page 4

Published in Print: March 5, 2008, as School Libraries
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