Title

Principals and teachers’ perspectives of their school libraries and implications for school library policy

Author Identifier

Margaret Merga

ORCID : 0000-0002-9009-3700

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of Library Administration

Volume

61

Issue

5

First Page

550

Last Page

571

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

School

School of Education

RAS ID

36017

Comments

Loh, C. E., Sundaray, S., Merga, M., & Gao, J. (2021). Principals and teachers’ perspectives of their school libraries and implications for school library policy. Journal of Library Administration, 61(5), 550-571.https://doi.org/10.1080/01930826.2021.1924532

Abstract

Research has demonstrated that school librarians can make a meaningful contribution to student reading proficiency, learning and academic achievement. This study examines the perspectives of school leaders and teachers in Singapore schools to better understand how they use their school library, their attitudes toward the library collection and environment, and their perception of their library coordinators’ roles. Findings suggest that school leaders and teachers under-utilize the library, perceive it to be mainly a study space for students, feel that the library space and book collection should be improved and were not clear about the roles of their library staff. The study suggests that it is crucial to implement policy and professional development courses to support collaboration between principals, teachers and school librarians.

DOI

10.1080/01930826.2021.1924532

Research Themes

Society and Culture

Priority Areas

Diverse, equitable, informed and productive communities, schools and workplaces

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