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The request by this student is a particular frustration to me. I am an
adjunct instructor at the SUNY Albany School of Information Science &
Policy. I also give my students assignments about materials challenges
in schools. The class I teach is titled Administration of School Media
Programs. The students are aspiring library media specialists. I am not
against the personal interview as a form of information gathering.
However all decent sized libraries have materials on this issue.  Before
answering this question, as a librarian, I would ask this student "Where
have you already looked?"
As an instructor of future librarians, I expect my students to emulate
a librarian and do an exhaustive search locally before going beyond the
region to find information. Graduate level assignments and projects are
not meant to be scavenger hunts. I would respectfully ask LM_Net members
to refrain from providing information to library media students for
their projects. Please don't do their homework for them. There is a lot
to be said for students getting directly to the content without doing a
search ( and we know that location skills are often on the bottom of the
hierarchy). However, I do believe that there is a lot of learning in the
search. You know, getting there is half the fun. Searching for resources
themselves provides LMS students with an example of the frustration
their students might feel one day, an opportunity to hone their location
skills and finally, an awareness of the availability of local resources
on a particular content area.
BTW - this is not meant to be personally directed at the individual who
posted the request. She has exhibited good management skills by
delegating her work - to you!
Thanks for letting me vent!

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