Date of Award

Fall 2015

Degree Type

Certificate of Advanced Study

Department

Educational Leadership

Advisor

Michael K. Barbour

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the characteristics of a previously identified successful school library program (SLMP) in a Connecticut public school. The primary goals of this research are to answer these questions by conducting a single case study to examine the nature of this previously identified SLMP so that promising practices identified from this study can be applied to other SLMPs in Connecticut public schools. The data collection methods embodied both qualitative and quantitative instruments that included surveys, interviews and documents. Qualitative data analysis included preparation, familiarization, coding and general meaning that was entered into a table format to compare participant interview and survey data to establish common themes. Quantitative data analysis of survey data using MS Excel’s correlational tool provided statistical evidence to identify the interrelationships between variables of the administrators, teachers and librarian’s perceptions and experiences related to key library practices and activities. Multiple sources of convergent evidence aided in data triangulation strengthening the construct validity to answer the research questions. What was the original vision for the SLMP? How was the vision implemented in the school? How prevalent is collaboration between the SLMS and faculty? How has the SLMP impacted the school learning culture? The data showed a perceived knowledge that SLMSs play critical support roles across the school for all stakeholders in coteaching, curriculum design, instructional resources, technology and support as well as providers of professional development for faculty.

Comments

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the coursework required for the post-masters' Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Educational Leadership.