Graduate Research Papers


Open Access Graduate Research Paper


English language learners significantly impact the deployment of resources in U.S. schools, and their numbers are growing. While this population is often at risk academically due to the rigorous subject material delivered in secondary schools, educators continue to struggle with effective pedagogy. Public libraries have studied the nuances of this sub-group and have been successful in serving immigrant populations through the decades. Therefore, this focused study examined the relationship of secondary students and their school library. This study found that ELL students access materials from special collections more frequently than from the general collection. Students reported no negative stigma associated with their use of designated collections. Student motivations for using the special collections were primarily academic in purpose. ELL per-student circulation counts exceeded those of general education students, indicating frequent use of the library special collections.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Jean Donham


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