Open Access Graduate Research Paper
The purpose of the study was to determine what percentage of all missing elementary media centers books were not returned by students who had moved either within or outside the Waterloo Community School District, and what retrieval methods had been most frequently and most successfully used. Survey instruments were mailed to all elementary media specialists in Waterloo in September, 1983. The first section of the survey instrument asked how many books were lost in 1982-1983, and of these how many were not checked out but were missing, were checked out but not returned by students who had moved, were checked out but not returned by students still in the school, and were checked out buy not returned by teachers still in the school. The second section of the survey instrument requested information on the most frequently and successfully used methods of retrieval.
Based on a 100 percent return of the survey instrument, results showed that of 1,518 missing elementary media center books, only 142 (9.3 percent) were books checked out but not returned by students who had moved, which was much lower than the predicted 30 percent. The "informal note" sent to the media specialist in the student's new school was the most frequently and most successfully used method of retrieval.
The mobility problem was not as serious as predicted, however, the results did disclose an unanticipated high percentage of non-returned, checked-out books by students and teachers still in the school which may necessitate further study.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Library Science
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©1983 Darlene Peterson
Peterson, Darlene, "Media Center Book Losses Due to Student Mobility in Waterloo, Iowa" (1983). Graduate Research Papers. 3952.