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With the current trend Iowa of school districts whole-grade sharing (WGS) with another school district followed by merging, the author examined the impact of such reorganization activities on library media programs in selected school districts. The case study approach was utilized to examine five districts. The author believed that changes occurred as a result in library media centers with most change discernible at the time WGS commenced rather than at the time of full merger. The first hypothesis was supported by evidence of change in library media centers in the areas of facilities, personnel, collections, finances and library media services. In most cases, the major changes did occur when WGS commenced, as the author had predicted. The author further contended that library media programs in the smallest of the districts involved would be impacted the most. While evidence indicated library media specialists were not involved in the initial processes of reorganization, the study indicated that the level of involvement had a corollary with the library media specialists' overall attitude toward the reorganization process and satisfaction level with subsequent changes which occurred. Recommendations from library media specialists involved in the process of reorganization which may assist others in achieving program improvement when experiencing reorganization are included.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Leah Hiland


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