Strengthening School Libraries to Improve Quality of Education in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka

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dc.contributor.author Kalpana Chandrasekar
dc.contributor.author Kupeshan Raththinakumar
dc.date.accessioned 2021-07-06T10:17:53Z
dc.date.available 2021-07-06T10:17:53Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.issn 9789551443955
dc.identifier.uri http://www.digital.lib.esn.ac.lk/1234/14485
dc.description International Symposium on Emerging Trends in Education and Library & Information Science en_US
dc.description.abstract In relation to quality of education, academic libraries are expected to supply reliable and up to date scholarly information. In this connection, a preliminary survey was conducted in 26 school libraries (known as School Library and Learning Resource Centres (SLLRCs)) attached to the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, in view of strengthening SLLRCs as learning resource centres. Libraries in the schools selected through purposive sampling were assessed based on a checklist prepared for the purpose and Key-Informant Interviews (KIIs) conducted with the respective school principal, library in-charge and students. Results revealed that 27% of the SLLRCs are functioning with inadequate physical resources. Further, compared to printed materials, electronic, audiovisual and other non-print resources are very limited. Scarcity of funding and qualified human resource, non-availability of library policy and procedure manual, and lack of support from school community are also observed. Hence, it is recommended that school administrations should consider SLLRC as an integral component of the education system and explore the funding opportunities, collaborate with other libraries in the region, improve the human resource status, and enhance the involvement of school community in the development of SLLRCs. In addition, Provincial Ministry of Education (NP) should take necessary steps to establish a School Library Development Unit (SLDU) to strengthen the SLLRCs as a centre for resource-based learning and information literacy development. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Library Network Eastern University, Sri Lanka en_US
dc.subject School libraries en_US
dc.subject Quality of education en_US
dc.subject School Library and Learning Resource Centres en_US
dc.subject Academic libraries en_US
dc.subject Sri Lanka en_US
dc.title Strengthening School Libraries to Improve Quality of Education in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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