Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Date of this Version

2020

Abstract

The present study explored the challenges faced by school teachers when seeking information for teaching purposes and made suggestions to overcome these challenges. The study used a mixed-method approach, comprising a questionnaire survey and focus groups discussions. The data collected through the questionnaires were mainly quantitative and were analysed using the SPSS (21.0) while the qualitative data from the focus group discussions were analysed using thematic content analysis. For the quantitative approach, 318 school teachers were sampled in questionnaires survey where the descriptive statistics were used for analysis. The study found a variety of barriers that influenced teachers’ information seeking process either the problems with the library resources, school environment barriers or personal barriers. The study recommended that school libraries should be improved and expanded with library resources while providing better information technology facilities within the school environment and also should provide more support and training to school teachers with information literacy skills to empower them to face these challenges.

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