Graduate Research Papers


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The problem identified in this study is the lack of information regarding the role of the teacher librarian in the implementation of Iowa's Multi-Tiered System of Supports. The purpose of this study was to explore perceptions of teacher librarians and principals regarding the role of the teacher librarian in the implementation of the Iowa Multi-Tiered System of Supports.

In this descriptive study, a survey comprised of both closed- ended and open-ended questions was sent to each teacher librarian and head building principal in an Iowan suburban school district. Follow-up interviews were conducted with those respondents who indicated a willingness to do so. Responses were tallied and percentages were formulated using Google Forms.

While principals and teacher librarians both reported satisfaction with the role of the teacher librarian in implementing MTSS, most building principals indicated they were in the initial stages of implementing MTSS, and almost none of the teacher librarians reported knowing of MTSS; in fact, only one teacher librarian knew of MTSS and was actively seeking to collaborate with her building in implementing it. Professional development and flexible scheduling appear to be potential steps to making the teacher librarian a functioning, integral part of the MTSS in the building.

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Master of Arts


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Jean Donham


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