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Title: State of Asian School Libraries: Present


1
State ofAsian School LibrariesPresent
future
  • John Hickok, M.L.I.S., M.A.
  • Librarian/Instructor
  • Coordinator of Library Instruction
  • California State University, Fullerton, USA

2
About me
  • Faculty member
  • - Coordinator of Library
  • Information Literacy Instruction,
  • and instructor, in the largest
  • university network of the world

3
  • Research
  • California state research grant on
    cross-cultural comparison of libraries throughout
    Asia

4
Introduction
  • School libraries in Southeast Asia are in need
    of development. This refers to
  • Physical facilities technology
  • Collections
  • Staffing

5
Lets start with some positives
  • In my year-long documentation, I saw many
    examples of successful school libraries
  • Dedicated physical facilities
  • A dedicated librarian presence
  • Support from higher up (the principal, the MOE,
    outside NGOs, etc.)

6
But there are also serious challenges
  • In my year-long documentation, I saw severe
    challenges to school libraries
  • Extremely limited budgets (in many cases, zero).
  • Limited facilities, limited equip/tech
  • Lack of staff (often no librarian, only a
    volunteer teacher-librarian)
  • Lack of priority to libraries from authorities
    (principals, MOE)

7
But there are also serious challenges
  • The nature of education little emphasis on
    independent reading or research outside of formal
    lessons
  • (comparison with U.S. education libraries as
    partners in the curriculum. My own childhood a
    testament)

8
Some photo documentation
  • Disclaimer examples from countries are not
    implying that county alone struggles with
    challenges. ALL countries, I found, share these
    common challenges

9
So how to address these challenges?
10
So how to address these challenges?
  • Partnerships with NGOs for training and human
    capital development (i.e., training of teachers
    and teacher-librarians). But coordinating all
    NGOs through an umbrella organization. (Example,
    ALA and sister libraries)

11
So how to address these challenges?
  • Partnerships with NGOs for training and human
    capital development (i.e., training of teachers
    and teacher-librarians). But coordinating all
    NGOs through an umbrella organization. (Example,
    ALA and sister libraries)
  • Corporate partnerships and sponsorships,
    promoting library development (i.e., partnerships
    with booksellers)

12
So how to address these challenges?
  • Partnerships with universities, particularly
    those with LIS degree programs, on adopt a
    school student teacher-librarian interns, and
    material donations

13
So how to address these challenges?
  • Partnerships with universities, particularly
    those with LIS degree programs, on adopt a
    school student teacher-librarian interns, and
    material donations
  • Flagship library endeavors, garnishing MOE
    publicity, to foster further MOE support

14
Thank you
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