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Butler, Rebecca P.

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Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

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Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment


This qualitative study examined the development of the Illinois School Library Association (ISLMA). The research focused on archival documents from the ISLMA, the Illinois Library Association (ILA), and the Illinois Association for Media in Education (IAME) Archives and the personal files of the interviewees. In addition, interviews were conducted with individuals associated with IAME and ISLMA. Participants were asked to recollect the development of ISLMA and their professional roles in relation to its birth. This research was examined in relation to the development of ISLMA, school library media history and related education, and library national standards and trends and is presented as both a narrative and an oral history to give voice to the organization. This case study lays the groundwork for a history of ISLMA by tracing its origins and historical development from its birth in 1988 to its current status. What has emerged is ISLMA's continuous commitment to its stated purpose of advocacy -- the public recognition of the importance of school libraries and certified personnel and their professional development.


Advisors: Rebecca P. Butler.||Committee members: Rebecca Hunt; Olha Ketsman.||Includes bibliographical references.


xiv, 254 pages




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