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Dissertation Information for Elizabeth Timmons

NAME:
- Elizabeth Timmons

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- University of North Texas (USA) (1991)

ADVISORS:
- Herman L. Totten

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Katherine Cveljo
- Barbara Stein Martin
- Marilyn Jean Greenlaw

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: Job satisfaction and psychological needs satisfaction of public school library media specialists

Abstract: The purpose of this research was to study job satisfaction among public school library media specialists based on the psychological needs of social needs, security needs, esteem needs, autonomy needs, and self actualization needs, according to Maslow's Hierarchy. Subjects were requested to respond to a questionnaire of 30 items pertaining to job satisfaction. Each item required two responses: first, as to the level of importance the item held; and secondly, the satisfaction currently received from that particular item.

The population for the study was 550 school library media specialists affiliated with Texas public schools. Fifty-three percent of them completed the mailed questionnaires that included School Library Media Specialist Employee Needs Questionnaire. Data were analyzed by using the statistical techniques of calculation of the means, the Wilcoxon Signed-Ranks Test, and the Perceived Group Need Deficiency Test.

Based on the analysis of the data, it was observed that twenty-six of the thirty need statements exhibited a higher mean score rating for importance than for level of satisfaction. In spite of the lower mean scores for satisfaction on the majority of the need statements, a statistically significant difference does not exist between mean score ratings for importance level of needs and satisfaction level.

The Perceived Group Need Deficiency Test was used to examine the employee needs based upon the categories of Maslow's Hierarchy of needs. The result of this test showed varying degrees of dissatisfaction in each of the five need areas. The highest degrees of dissatisfaction were found in the areas of esteem needs and self actualization needs.

The large degree of dissatisfaction with esteem and self actualization suggests that a needs-assessment survey should be conducted to determine means for improvement in these two areas. This information will be beneficial to school administrators in recruiting personnel to their districts.

MPACT Scores for Elizabeth Timmons

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calculated 2008-01-31 06:21:04

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