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Table 3.  Staffing characteristics of library media center personnel, by school type and selected school characteristics: 2007–08
School type and selected
school characteristic
Number of schools with library media centers   Total number of paid professional library media center staff   Percent of paid professional library media center staff who were state-certified classroom teachers   Percent of paid professional library media center staff who had a master's degree in a library-related major1   Total number of full-time, paid, state-certified library media center specialists
All public schools  81,920   81,790   71.9   56.2   53,880  
                     
School classification                     
Traditional public  80,100   80,500   72.2   56.6   53,500  
Charter school  1,820   1,280   53.7   29.4   380 !
                     
Community type                     
City  19,340   19,640   73.3   55.9   12,670  
Suburban  23,740   23,580   72.3   62.7   17,360  
Town  12,380   12,520   73.3   52.0   7,800  
Rural  26,450   26,050   69.8   52.4   16,060  
                     
School level                     
Elementary  59,730   56,790   70.5   54.9   36,180  
Secondary  17,760   21,000   75.9   62.6   15,550  
Combined  4,430   3,990   70.2   39.8   2,160  
                     
Student enrollment                     
Less than 100  3,040   2,180   58.5   42.0   410 !
100-199  6,600   5,940   65.0   36.0   2,460  
200-499  34,460   32,490   70.9   54.0   19,430  
500-749  20,010   19,560   72.8   57.0   14,430  
750-999  8,600   9,080   74.3   58.8   6,710  
1,000 or more  9,200   12,530   76.8   70.5   10,440  
                     
Percent of K-12 students who
  were approved for free or
  reduced-price lunches
                   
0-34  32,390   33,750   71.1   60.0   22,660  
35-49  14,270   14,190   71.5   57.7   9,620  
50-74  18,280   18,490   73.9   52.7   12,310  
75 or more  15,460   14,180   71.2   49.9   8,710  
School did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program
1,520   1,180   76.7   57.5   590  
                     
All BIE schools  160   140   64.0   26.9   80.0  
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 30 percent or more of the estimate's value.
1 A library-related major refers to degrees in librarianship, library science, information science, educational media, instructional design, or instructional technology.
NOTE: The 2007–08 Schools and Staffing Survey did not collect School Library Media Center data from private schools. BIE school refers to schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) that are operated by the BIE, a tribe, or a private contractor and not by a regular school district. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School Library Media Center and BIE School Library Media Center DataFiles," 2007–08.


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