Max D. Biddle

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Leonard, Lloyd L.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Elementary Education


School libraries--Illinois


Library facilities must be provided in order to adequately meet the needs of children in the modern elementary school. The study investigates the type of organization and facilities of library programs available in selected elementary schools in Kane, Dupage, Lake, and suburban Cook counties in Illinois. The study was limited to school systems which maintain a kindergarten and grades one through six. It is the hypotheses of this study that (1) there is a trend toward centralization of elementary libraries, (2) certified librarians are being employed, (3) per student expenditure for library books is being increased, (4) books are being catalogued, (5) audio-visual aids are being housed in the library, and (6) administrators are not satisfied with present library programs. Information for this study was obtained by reviewing the literature pertaining to the organization of school libraries and the facilities available in elementary school libraries throughout the country. A questionnaire was sent to three hundred fifty-nine elementary school administrators in Kane, Dupage, Lake, and suburban Cook counties. The number of questionnaires returned show a definite interest on the part of elementary administrators in the organization of elementary libraries. Two hundred seventy of the three hundred fifty-nine, or seventy-five per cant of the questionnaires were returned and used in the study. Study and tabulation of the questionnaires indicated that one hundred sixty-six had centralized libraries, however, two hundred thirty-one favored this type of organization. Full-time certified librarians were employed by twenty elementary schools and one hundred twenty-nine elementary schools employed librarians on a part-time basis. Administrators indicated that library expenditure has increased slightly. The practice of cataloguing books was used in one hundred eighty-nine of the elementary schools. Seventy-four of the schools housed audio-visual aids in the centralized library. Dissatisfaction with present library programs was expressed by one hundred forty of the elementary school administrators.


Includes bibliographical references.


2, iv, 49 pages




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