The Use of Web Resources by Elementary School Library Media Specialists
This research study examines elementary school media specialists' use of web resources in teaching information literacy skills. In this study, the school library media center web sites from 111 elementary schools in two North Carolina school districts were analyzed. The criteria that were used to evaluate each SLMC web page were developed based on a survey of professional literature. Most of the examined web sites maintained a list of recommended web resources for students. Based on the results of this content analysis, eight currently-practicing elementary school library media specialists were selected and interviewed. The interview responses helped to identify recommended practices for incorporating web resources into the curriculum. Specifically, schools that followed the North Carolina IMPACT model displayed the best examples of integrating web resources. Schools with dedicated staff members who maintain the school's technology and facilitate its integrations into the curriculum presented higher levels of collaboration. This study suggests that the addition of a technology specialist as well as the administrative support of the partnership between the media specialist and technology specialist is integral to the promotion of web resources. Additionally, the study showed that the media specialist's interest and knowledge of web resources did not always translate into higher levels of collaborations with teachers. Successful collaborations more often resulted from the media specialist's efforts to promote his/her skills and services.
School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:elementary school libraries north carolina internet web sites evaluation
Date of Publication:01/04/2005