This study has addressed three core questions: What is the current state of School Library Services? How is the Education Reform Act affecting these services? Why are specific choices being made by School Library
Services from the options available post-ERA?
Information was gathered from questionnaires, consultation, seminars
etc., and also by contact 1989-91 with 14 authorities in England and
Wales. Specific matters investigated over the two-year period were:
Structures; Policies; Service range and level; Relationships.
The study found evidence that ERA had a significant effect during this
period on library support services to schools, but that other
influences on change were at work, most notably the community charge
and its repercussions. All the School Library Services in the contact
authorities changed between 1989 and 1991, although in different
degrees,, and'it was observed that the effect of national legislation
was being mediated by local cultures. The hypothesis that 'The
Education Reform Act is leading to new perceptions of School Library
Service effectiveness' was upheld, and factors making for effectiveness
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.