Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Two sets of 1992 periodicals were studied to determine terminology preferences, one set written by and for school librarianship professionals, the other written by and for educators. Word counts were taken of the traditional terms "library"/"librarian" and the newer accepted terms "media center"/"media specialist", the latter adopted by the American Association of School Librarians over a 24 year period. The data showed 24% of librarianship professionals mix terms, 40% use accepted terms exclusively, and 35% use traditional terms exclusively. A majority either mix terms or use the traditional. Among educator authors, 86% were found to use traditional terminology 50% or more of the time. The data shows ambivalence in terminology preference among school librarianship professionals and rare use of the accepted terminology among educators. This study raises questions about communication problems and the importance of speaking with one voice.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
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©1994 Judith A. Palumbo-Gates
Palumbo-Gates, Judith A., "School Librarians and Their Work Place: A Study of Terminology Preference" (1994). Graduate Research Papers. 3966.