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Date of this Version

Spring 4-9-2021

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the information needs and seeking behavior of government high school teachers in District Karak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The study was based on the descriptive survey method. The population of this study was 125 teachers in 12 government high schools. Data was collected through questionnaires for data collection. The findings of the study revealed that teachers mostly need information for lecture preparation, teaching methods, motivating the students, keeping themselves up-to-date, for religious purposes, and administrative works. The study found that they use books, dictionaries, newspapers, magazines and held conversations with subjects` experts and colleagues to acquire the needed information. The study revealed that most of the teachers use social media, internet search engines, audio-visual materials, e-books, e-articles, and online newspapers to fulfill their required needs of information. The results of the study also found that twenty-five percent of the libraries have their buildings the rest of the libraries in the schools the rest of the libraries in the schools were housed in stores or classrooms with insufficient books and other reading materials. The result of the study showed that there were no permanent librarians in these selected schools. However, most of the teachers faced many problems while using the library such as unavailability of required materials, closed-access shelves, lack of adequate furniture, lack of computers and internet connectivity, absence of power supply, and lack of reprographic service. The findings of this study will be helpful for school professionals, administrations, and policymakers to understand the level of information needs and seeking behavior of teachers. Recommendations and future areas of research are also incorporated in the study.

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