Brackenbury, H.L. and Willett, P. (2011) Secondary school librarians as heads of department in UK schools. Library Management, 32 (4/5). pp. 237-250. ISSN 0143-5124
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to study the attitudes of UK head teachers and of librarians to the view that secondary school librarians should have the status of a head of department (HOD).
Design/methodology/approach – Questionnaires sent to 77 secondary schools in Cheshire, UK had response rates of 58 per cent from the librarians and of 49 per cent from the head teachers, with follow-up interviews being conducted with 15 of the librarians.
Findings – Most librarians were employed as support staff, although many of them were doing a HOD's job; even when a librarian had this title, they did not often receive the recognition appropriate to such a role. Librarians were more likely to have HOD status in the independent schools sector than in the state-maintained sector, and there was some evidence that head teachers and librarians have different views as to what a librarian's responsibilities should be.
Originality/value – There has been no previous study of this topic in the UK.
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|Keywords:||Librarians, Principals, Responsibilities, Secondary schools, United Kingdom|
|Institution:||The University of Sheffield|
|Academic Units:||The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)|
|Depositing User:||Miss Anthea Tucker|
|Date Deposited:||03 Jul 2012 10:05|
|Last Modified:||08 Feb 2013 17:39|