School Libraries

One of the courses that I took last semester was the course 534 which is  titled ” Management of Learning Resources Centers” with Dr. Taghreed Alqudsi. The course focused on the essential role of the school librarians in education and in the community. The school librarian acts as a teacher, leader, instructional partner and many other roles that can enhance the performance of our students in schools from KG1 to High school. In Kuwait many school librarians are facing problems in the sense of low salary, the image , the motivation and other constraints that affect the development of our school libraries but there are on the other hand plans and people in the decision making positions who really are working hard  in the development of our school libraries with new vision in having the best school libraries in the sense of adopting new technologies and new designs for school libraries to make it challenging with other school libraries in the  region and in the middle east. It is very essential that our policies should focus more and assign huge budgets to develop our school libraries and in the same time encourage professionals in the field of library and information science to enrol in working as school librarians and encourage them to have the best salaries and more managerial activities in developing the school libraries in Kuwait.

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6 thoughts on “School Libraries

  1. I agree with that. We have same problem here. We can find in most of school teacher act as librarian as well. If it is not separated between teacher and librarian, in which they have different formal education and certification, it will affected to their professional manner and/or salary.

    School librarian can support educational system (such as curriculum) in the school where he/she work for. Yes they can be a teacher, but not for school subject. School librarian should have teaching skills/pedagogy. They teach patron how to use library collection, how to use database, computer, how to implement searching strategy, etc.

    About the policy, it should be addressed by government and librarian association within the country.

  2. We need a vision. State management without a true vision that leads all aspects of the state can not develop to be a modern state. None of the Arabic countries to my knowledge care about the vision of the state. Even if they do, its just for publicity and not for implementing.

    If you have a leader with a vision who cares truly about the development of people, first thing he must conceder is schools and students. School libraries plays big role in the that area if it was used in the right form and with the right tools.

    This topic is to big and i can keep writing forever about it 🙂 Thank you Ahmad for a mind intriguing topic.

  3. I remember our school library when I was working at the Ministry of Education a place of gathering and smoking area that a student will never thought to visit.

    I think its a interesting area of study and bu usef if think to work on a research paper in future, yah go for school libraries.

    We don’t have the facility, collections, organization, technology, attitude, vision to make it important for the children to enjoy it and learn throughout their educational journey.

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