Open Access Graduate Research Paper
High school teachers--Attitudes; Middle school teachers--Attitudes; School librarians--Public opinion;
The purpose of this mixed methods study is to learn what classroom teachers perceive the effects of improper staffing of school libraries to be. It asks: What do classroom teachers perceive are the effects of improper staffing or the cutting of a school librarian? Through the qualitative analysis of survey responses, the study found that teachers perceived teacher librarians to have a positive impact on student achievement through collaboration and to be a valuable asset in providing resources for staff and students. Qualitatively, results from two school districts, one with and one without a certified librarian staffed in their middle and high school, showed that teachers perceived the role of a certified librarian to be important and supportive to their students’ educational careers.
Teachers perceived the role of a certified librarian to be key in exposing their students to adequate literature and resources, and as a collaborative partner in their own work. Quantitatively, over 90% of teachers in both districts believe students would be impacted positively by having a certified librarian staffed in their school. Additionally, 78% of staff in the district without a full time librarian felt that collaborating with a certified librarian would be valuable to them and their teaching. Overall, regardless of staffing, both districts felt that having a certified teacher librarian present and utilized in their buildings would have a positive impact on student achievement.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Division of School Library Studies
Karla Krueger, advisor
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©2019 Amanda Bonjour
Bonjour, Amanda, "Teacher perceptions of understaffed school libraries" (2019). Graduate Research Papers. 1061.