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The Impact of Technology on Elementary School Libraries As Reported through a Questionnaire Survey of Elementary School Librarians

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Author Fallon Binkney, Richard Binkney , Ron Knorr
ISSN 2225-7217
On Pages 795-813
Volume No. 2
Issue No. 9
Issue Date November 01, 2012
Publishing Date November 01, 2012
Keywords Technology, Elementary Education, Impact of Technology, User Preferences, Resistance to Change, Digital Age of Information, Budget Constraints



Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative research was to examine the impact of technology on elementary school libraries/media centers as reported through a questionnaire survey of elementary school librarians so that media centers can be better used and student and faculty users can be better served. The project was conducted in various elementary school libraries of a local suburban school district in a metropolitan Georgia community. The participants were surveyed through a self-reporting questionnaire to examine their perceptions about the results that the digital age of information and other factors have had on the student and faculty users of the library/media center. The surveys and their relevant responses were analyzed to provide an understanding of user needs which is of great value for practicing librarians and school administrators in planning for the future. A majority of the respondents reported a decline in the circulation coupled with a decline of both students and faculty in their usage of the media center. At the same time, most of the respondents reported a preference of their student and faculty users for reading materials in hard-copy print format rather than on a computer screen or electronic database. The impact of the economic decline on the media services was discussed. Analysis of the narratives provided in the surveys revealed several common themes applicable to elementary school libraries. Findings suggest implications that the elementary library and the role of the librarian must change and grow with that of the quickening pace of technology, and they must receive adequate funding to help students harness the power of new ideas to learn, work, and live in the 21st century. Results are expected to provide guidance for elementary librarians to increase the understanding of the ways in which librarians connect learning with technology to better serve the needs of their student and faculty.


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