Date of Award

Summer 2021

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

First Advisor

Susan Rathbun-Grubb

Abstract

This mixed methods study examines what happens to the role of the school librarian when schools move to a 1:1 model where every student has a digital device. Using the literature to understand expectations for librarians, the researcher surveyed experienced South Carolina school librarians to determine how 1:1 computing was implemented and supported in schools and if the role of the school librarians has changed as schools transition to a digital environment. The researcher found that there was little uniformity in deployment and support of devices in 1:1 schools, but that librarians felt their roles had changed and their overall job satisfaction had decreased. Variables strongly linked to job satisfaction included whether the librarian was included in preparation for 1:1, training offered, and the librarian’s perceived ability to continue her role as a teacher librarian. The researcher then interviewed selected school librarians to enhance and enrich understanding of the librarians’ changing roles.

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