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The issue of staffing school library media centers in Iowa public schools is the focus of this study. A survey instrument requesting data about the numbers of attendance centers at various grade levels, average enrollment, certificated staff and noncertificated support staff, adult volunteers and shared certificated personnel was sent to superintendents in all public school districts in the state of Iowa. Data from respondents were analyzed to determine how staffing in Iowa school library media centers compared to current staffing guidelines as outlined in Plan for Progress PK-12. a 1992 document published by the Iowa Department of Education, and the 1988 document prepared by the American Association of School Librarians and Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Information Power: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs. Results of the study show that Iowa schools fail to meet both state and national recommendations, although some school districts may meet minimum requirements of the current Iowa media center standard. Data collected indicate that school districts with larger enrollments more adequately meet state and national requirements for FTE professional staff. FTE support staff requirements are met more frequently at elementary levels.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Leah Hiland


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