Elementary School Organization and Administration

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Appendix

CRITERIA FOR APPRAISING LIBRARY SERVICE IN AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

by Dorothy Jane Crow and Katherine A. Cook

Through an extensive analysis of professional literature dealing with library service in elementary schools, the ensuing outline of criteria was developed. The scale is designed to show the extent to which each phase of good school library service exists in an elementary school. The criteria may be used by those who are initiating library service as well as by those who are desirous of improving present practices.

The authors recognized that the criteria are not of equal weight or importance; but, for practical purposes, the same weight has been assigned to each item. Five scale values are designed for the use of those who desire a numerical or graphic summary. The scale symbols and their meaning are as follows:

0 -- Feature does not exist, or exists in such small amount or degree as to be
negligible.`
1 -- Feature is present, but not sufficient for the type of library service im-
plied in the criteria.
2 -- Feature is present, sufficient for the type of library service implied in the
criteria.
-- Information is inadequate for a rating.
X -- Feature does not apply.

When all items have been scored, a numerical average rating may be obtained for any section of the criteria, for all sections separately, or for the entire outline by using the following procedure:

Sec. I, A, 5, Office Space for the librarian, contains six items. Suppose the
ratings on these items were as follows: "0" rating, 1 item; "1" rating, 1 item;
"2" rating, 4 items; then 1 X 0 plus 1 X 1 plus 4 X 2 equals 9; 9 divided by 6
(total number of items) equals 1.50. The ratings and X are excluded when
figuring the numerical averages.

The average ratings obtained by the above method may be given the following interpretation:

0.00 to 0.49 means that little or no provision is made. 0.50 to 0.99 means that there are some evidences of provisions for library service and facilities but that there is ineffectiveness in practice due to lack of understanding or to uncertainty as to proper use.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Editor's Introduction v
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • 1 - Elementary Education in Transition 1
  • Selected Bibliography 36
  • 2 - The Role of the Elementary School 37
  • Selected Bibliography 77
  • 3 - Curriculum Issues 78
  • Selected Bibliography 124
  • 4 - General Features Of Elementary-School Organization 127
  • Selected Bibliography 164
  • 5 - Grouping Children For Wholesome Development 165
  • Selected Bibliography 220
  • 6 - Children's Progress Through the School 221
  • Selected Bibliography 286
  • 7 - Organization for Instruction 287
  • Selected Bibliography 319
  • 8 - Organization for Supervision 320
  • Selected Bibliography 351
  • 9 - Pupil Personnel Services 353
  • Selected Bibliography 403
  • 10 - Library Service 404
  • Selected Bibliography 437
  • 11 - Protection and Promotion Of Children's Health 438
  • Selected Bibliography 483
  • 12 - Educational Provisions For Exceptional Children 485
  • Selected Bibliography 537
  • 13 - The School in Its Community At Mid-Century 539
  • Selected Bibliography 581
  • 14 - Provisions for Administering The School 583
  • Clearing-House for Details Of School Operation 610
  • 15 - School-Plant Trends 612
  • Selected Bibliography 650
  • 16 - The Professional Elementary-School Principal 652
  • Selected Bibliography 691
  • Appendix 693
  • Index 715
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