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Open Access Graduate Research Paper

Keywords

Teacher-librarians--Iowa--Job descriptions; School library supervisors--Iowa--Attitudes; Library technicians--Iowa--Attitudes; School administrators--Iowa--Attitudes;

Abstract

The purpose of this grounded theory research was to develop an understanding of administrators' expectations of the responsibilities, roles, and tasks of paraprofessionals and teacher librarians in Iowa schools where the teacher librarian travels between three or more buildings while paraprofessionals serve in the day-to-day operations of the school library. The findings from this research indicated that individuals involved in the upper echelons of administration and support for public schools possessed knowledge about and expectations for the role of school library programs, teacher librarians, and library paraprofessionals in Iowa schools. Because invited school-level administrators were unwilling to participate in this study, there are no findings to affirm or refute their knowledge of roles and responsibilities of school library staff members. Despite this limitation, opportunities for improved relations among teacher librarians and library paraprofessionals may arise from a new understanding of what it means to be a supervisor in Iowa school library programs.

Date of Award

2011

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Division of School Library Studies

Department

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Jean Donham

Date Original

2011

Object Description

1 PDF file (vi, 44 pages)

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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