The Resource Discovering the social organization of school library work, by Jennifer Crispin, (electronic resource)

Discovering the social organization of school library work, by Jennifer Crispin, (electronic resource)

Label
Discovering the social organization of school library work
Title
Discovering the social organization of school library work
Statement of responsibility
by Jennifer Crispin
Creator
Contributor
Thesis advisor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The research examines how school library work is socially organized and how social organization affects cooperation with teachers and others in the school. The researcher uses the institutional ethnography frame of inquiry, providing a way of looking at the role and function of the school librarian/school media specialist as socially-organized and institutionally-oriented. Using ethnographic data gathering techniques of interviews, participant-observation, and textual analysis in a middle school in the Midwestern United States, the researcher describes social organization of school library work in the categories of collaboration, technology, and access. Viewing school library work through the institutional ethnography frame of reference reveals how powerless media specialists and teachers can be - how the structures that are supposed to make the non-instructional and disciplinary parts of their work easier consume their time and affect their interactions with students. In an apparently uncertain economic climate, where libraries face closure due to state, city, and school district budget problems the existence of a library in the school becomes even more vital, both to provide access to information to young people and to keep the ideal of the library present in their experience. The visibility of the library and the librarian is also vital. People who make decisions about funding need to know who the librarian is and what he or she contributes. Institutional ethnography shows people where the work is, especially the work that is not recognized in the official institutional discourse. With the knowledge of how the work is shaped, school librarians can get a clearer view of how to work within the institution to achieve the goals of librarianship: providing physical and intellectual access to information
Cataloging source
MUU
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Crispin, Jennifer
Degree
Ph. D.
Dissertation year
2009.
Granting institution
University of Missouri--Columbia
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
  • theses
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Adkins, Denice
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Social structure
  • School librarians
  • School libraries
  • Instructional materials personnel
Target audience
specialized
Label
Discovering the social organization of school library work, by Jennifer Crispin, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • The entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file
  • Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on January 25, 2011)
  • Thesis advisor: Dr. Denice Adkins
  • Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
698262157
Extent
1 online resource (vi, 175 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)698262157
Label
Discovering the social organization of school library work, by Jennifer Crispin, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
  • The entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file
  • Title from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on January 25, 2011)
  • Thesis advisor: Dr. Denice Adkins
  • Vita
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
698262157
Extent
1 online resource (vi, 175 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)698262157

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