Impact of Year-Round Education on Middle School Libraries
This research study investigates the impact of year-round education on middle school libraries. Interviews were conducted with six media specialists practicing in year-round middle schools. Participant responses helped to determine how the year-round schedule affects the media staff; the delivery of services to students and faculty; and the library’s collection, equipment, and facility. Findings indicate that the year-round calendar impacts many procedural aspects of scheduling and circulation. The interviews revealed how year-round media specialists developed new procedures. Communication and collaboration were also impacted. Here the media specialists took advantage of the forward-planning required by teachers to increase collaboration; they used technology in creative ways to increase communication with students and staff. Results showed that the year-round calendar increased “wear and tear” on the equipment, collection, and facility, as well as affected how equipment was checked out and stored. The interviews showed areas where the year-round calendar had little impact in the media center: staff size, ordering and processing materials, total books that students can check out, number of copies in the collection, and amount of lost or overdue books.
School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:media programs education school libraries—middle schools libraries—scheduling
Date of Publication:04/08/2007