Hill Publishes Article in School Library Research Journal
By: J.D. Ross
Assistant Professor Renee Hill has published a paper in volume 15 of the School Library Research Journal. The Journal is a publication of the American Association of School Librarians.
The paper, Strengths and Opportunities: School Librarians Serving Students with Special Needs in Central New York State, examines a survey of school librarians to identify the strengths needed to provide services to students with special needs.
The study explored five questions: how do school librarians rate their knowledge level of best practices for serving special needs students; what resources do these librarians use to become informed of best practices; how do librarians rate their knowledge level of students with special needs; what accommodations are made for special needs students by school librarians; at what level do school librarians collaborate with special education teachers.
Study participants were recruited across three counties in the central New York region. Each school librarian (a total of 157 individuals) was sent an e-mail explaining the study’s purpose with a link to an electronic survey questionnaire.
Findings and discussion from the survey are published in Hill’s paper, available online [PDF].
At the School of Information Studies, Professor Hill teaches courses directly related to preparing students to enter the School Library Media profession. Her teaching and research interests are centered in the area of library education. She places particular emphasis on generating knowledge about information access for members of underrepresented populations. She arned her doctoral and master's degrees in Information Studies at Florida State University's College of Information. She obtained a bachelor's degree in Exceptional Student Education at Florida Atlantic University.