The library plays an important role to learning and is crucial as a place for encouraging innovation, curiosity, and problem solving. Research into libraries supporting student achievement has shown that an enthusiastic and knowledgeable school library team plays a key role in helping students to achieve.
An effective management of the school library is important to develop students multiple literacy skills. The knowledge transfer program organised by the University of Malaya Library and UM Cares have assisted the schools to serve their students more systematically. Held over a two day period, this program was attended by the school library prefects and the Media Teachers from 4 different schools in Klang Valley. The schools involved were :
- SMK Damansara Utama
- SMK Seksyen 8 Kota Damansara
- SMK Damansara Jaya
- SAM Bestari USJ 5
Talks on Library School Management, How to give the library a makeover, leadership and teamwork were conducted to expose the students and teachers how to manage their libraries better.
The students then had to explore various library resources available in an academic library and how to conduct effective information searching. They had to share their thoughts and findings with other students. These are skills for life where the students can develop their true potential. The talks also included promotion to read more, to frequent the library more, presentation and leadership skills. Towards the end of the programme an info hunt was organised where they have to explore the library in a fun and enjoyable setting. A social media element where they had to use the tweeter was included. The students had plenty of fun while learning new things. It is hoped that they will see the library as a practical place to spend their time.
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