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Published on May 7, 2007

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A Study of the Services, Materials, and Policies Provided for Homeschooling Families by New JerseyPublic Libraries:  A Study of the Services, Materials, and Policies Provided for Homeschooling Families by New Jersey Public Libraries Presenter: Patricia Collins Slide2:  Statement of the Problem It is important that public libraries meet the needs of homeschoolers. Homeschoolers, as a group, may be underserved by the public libraries in New Jersey. Slide3:  Purpose of the Proposed Research Identify the services, materials, and policies offered to homeschoolers by the main county library systems of New Jersey. Slide4:  Assumptions Some homeschoolers live in each county of New Jersey. Some homeschoolers use the public libraries. Librarians in New Jersey public libraries know that homeschoolers use the library. They will respond honestly to the survey. Slide5:  Limitations Only twenty county public libraries were surveyed. Generally, homeschoolers who used public libraries requested services, materials, and policies. New Jersey does not require registration of homeschooled students, so a comprehensive count was not available. Slide6:  Librarians Survey Homeschoolers Campbell, C. B. (2002). Shelby County public libraries and homeschooling parents. Alabama Librarian 52 Stanwood, J. (2001). Homeschoolers use of the Atlantic County Library System. Unpublished thesis for Rowan University. Glassboro, NJ. Schwartz, R. L. (1991). Ohio home-schooled children and their use of public library resources. Master’s research paper, Kent State University, Ohio. (ERIC No. ED340377). Brostrom, D. (1995). A guide to homeschooling for librarians. Fort Atkinson, WI: Highsmith Press. Slide7:  Homeschoolers respond Cohen, C. (2000). Homeschooling the teen years: Your complete guide to successfully homeschooling the 13-to 18-year-old. Roseville, CA: Prima Press National Home Education Network. What homeschoolers want from libraries. Stoever, J. (2004, October 30). The librarian: A friend to homeschoolers. Education Network of Christian Home-schoolers of New Jersey November e-newsletter Methodology:Justification:  Methodology: Justification Patrons are expected to use online catalogs and Websites to access information about many public libraries in New Jersey. A children’s or youth services coordinator may have frequent contact with homeschoolers and might know which services, materials, and policies would be available to homeschoolers. Slide9:  Methodology: Population Twenty county public libraries in New Jersey having a searchable online catalog The homeschool liaison, youth coordinator, or branch manager for each selected library Public Libraries in New Jersey Sample Slide10:  Methodology: Variables Size of library membership Size of homeschool population Independent Variables Dependent Variables 32 Requested services, materials, and policies Slide11:  Methodology: Data Collection Techniques Search online catalogs of selected libraries for materials on homeschooling. Send a researcher-created survey to cooperating homeschool liaison or other librarian at each library. Search each Website for services, materials, and policies for homeschoolers. Goal:  Goal To determine if services, materials, and policies requested by homeschoolers are provided by public libraries of New Jersey Data from OPAC Searches for Twelve Items:  Data from OPAC Searches for Twelve Items Table 1 Total Number of Services and Policies Found Through Library Websites Library Number of Services Library Number of Services Atlantic 6 Mercer 8 Bergen 6 Middlesex 7 Burlington 10 Monmouth 4 Camden 11 Morris 7 Cape May 5 Ocean 9 Cumberland 7 Passaic 9 Essex 6 Somerset 8 Gloucester 7 Sussex 7 Hudson 7 Union Elizabeth 6 Hunterdon 11 Warren Phillipsburg 6 Figure 1 Website Search:  Figure 1 Website Search Figure 2 Counts of Website Items:  Figure 2 Counts of Website Items Counts of Books:  Counts of Books Books Published Since 2000:  Books Published Since 2000 Table 6 Sample Totals: Questionnaire Number Services Materials Policies Totals 15 9 8 32 1 7 3 2 12 2 6 3 3 12 3 6 3 3 12 4 3 2 1 6 5 5 5 4 14 6 2 0 3 5 7 10 6 3 19 8 8 3 5 16 9 10 4 4 18 10 8 3 3 14 11 4 3 1 8 12 6 2 3 11 13 2 3 1 6 14 9 6 3 18 15 9 4 3 16 16 11 4 5 20 17 4 2 6 12 18 5 3 3 11 Mean 6 3 3 12 :  Table 6 Sample Totals: Questionnaire Number Services Materials Policies Totals 15 9 8 32 1 7 3 2 12 2 6 3 3 12 3 6 3 3 12 4 3 2 1 6 5 5 5 4 14 6 2 0 3 5 7 10 6 3 19 8 8 3 5 16 9 10 4 4 18 10 8 3 3 14 11 4 3 1 8 12 6 2 3 11 13 2 3 1 6 14 9 6 3 18 15 9 4 3 16 16 11 4 5 20 17 4 2 6 12 18 5 3 3 11 Mean 6 3 3 12 Table 6Report of Approximate Number of Member Homeschooling Families Served by a Library’s Online Catalog N = 18Unknown Less than 50 50-200 More than 200 13 2 3 0:  Table 6 Report of Approximate Number of Member Homeschooling Families Served by a Library’s Online Catalog   N = 18 Unknown Less than 50 50-200 More than 200 13 2 3 0 How many homeschoolers use your library? Does your library offer training to homeschoolers?:  Does your library offer training to homeschoolers? Yes 3 No 14 Unknown 1 Conclusions:  Conclusions Homeschooling families were being served by the county public library systems of New Jersey, but the degree of service varied considerably If homeschoolers were more vocal in their needs and more training were provided for library staff, there would be more successful collaboration between homeschooling families and public libraries. Recommendations:  Recommendations 1) Librarians in public libraries continue to try to contact homeschooling families and groups to ascertain their needs and opportunities for cooperation. 2) Research using an online survey tool be developed and distributed to determine and evaluate the services to homeschooling families currently being offered by New Jersey public libraries. 3) Research using an online survey be developed and distributed to determine the needs of homeschooling groups who might use New Jersey public libraries. 4) Staff training programs for cooperation with homeschooling families should be offered in public libraries and, when feasible, be implemented in state and local training sessions.

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