Guidelines for Development of Information Management Systems for Lab School Libraries in Thailand

  • Boonyalak Tumnanchit Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Suan Dusit University
  • Saisuda Pantrakool Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Suan Dusit University
Keywords: Information management, lab school, school library, lab school library

Abstract

Lab school libraries are important learning resources for children and teachers. This study aims to explore the state of information management systems in lab school libraries in Thailand and to develop guidelines to
improve them. The sample group included 400 teacher librarians in mixed quantitative-qualitative research. The quantitative approach used statistical analyses with percentage, means and standard deviation and found that 98.18% of teacher librarians had knowledge and ability to use Microsoft Word and library automation software for information management. The qualitative findings revealed that the teacher librarians were equipped with knowledge and abilities to use both basic computer software and the library information management software. They reported problems related to computer usage, inadequate computers for reading promotion, inefficient OBEC Library Automation Systems for cataloging, and inadequate budgets to update software. The approaches for information management development in lab school libraries indicate that, based on an adequate budget, most schools needed to formulate an information system development plan for the library as a learning resource, to provide computers for library data storage, and to hire a librarian with a degree in library and information science together with library staff who can manage information and communication technology in the school library including a website to foster the use of an information system to make use of existing learning resources.   

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Published
2019-04-26
Section
Research Article