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By Mary C. Breaden — March 04, 2008 1 min read

The report, 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.

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 report, 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.

A version of this article appeared in the March 05, 2008 edition of Education Week

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