Promoting Literacy in School Libraries in Sierra Leone

The college library will serve as a service organization which supports the schools’ objectives and provides materials for those subjects and all interest of pupils and teachers. The college library is a supportive resource of the school curriculum, its provisions, services, and development is directed at assisting school programmes (Kinnel, 1994).Image result for bangkok school

Libraries generally have because their main purpose acquiring, processing, storing and disseminating information to which school catalogue is not an exclusion. The school library has a essential role to play in the information service. They provide materials relevant to the curricular needs of everyone with the school community. The importance of providing such resources can not be overemphasized if the institution library is to be an instigator of and support for resource based learning in the School in Bangkok.

The purpose and philosophy of faculty library service are swiftly being understood and accepted by school administrators and teachers. The fact requires that the school librarian be thoroughly familiar with those purposes such as guidance, the reading programme and the enrichment program for pupils and teachers. However, Albert Academy library has no trained and qualified librarian, who is aware of and performs those purposes in order to ensure that the service dotacion is fully attained.

The library was officially opened up to the complete school community by His Excellency the late Dr. Siaka G. Stevens on 4th October 1976, then President of the Republic of Sierra Leone and also a member of the Albert Academy Alumni Association class of 1922. The catalogue was named after him or her following the immense contribution he made towards establishing the library for the school community. The Albert Academy Library has a objective to “Support school programs activities by providing materials of relevance in the college process and introduce new and improved information options to help make the school to be in line with modern specifications of education. ”

The major role in the information service provided by modern school library is in the provision of materials relevant to the curricular needs of pupils and teachers. In recent years, the curriculum activities have moved to another level, where the school being supportive resource of this movement, must endeavor to house a variety of print and non-print materials and also have access where possible to electronic sources of information which can be also part of the information resources in the collection.

Given the demands of the modern school curriculum, the school library must now house a broad variety of print and non-print materials and also have access, where possible, to digital sources of information. The particular Albert Academy School provides printed materials, book, fiction and non-fiction as well as pamphlets, newspapers, chart, pictures, monographs, manuals, handbooks, textbooks and other guide books the library also provides non-books materials including sound and audio-visual materials, slides, tape-slides, video cassettes, and CD ROM’s. Despite the fact that these are not materials in the traditional sense, they still constitute resources for use by pupils and teachers. Use of digital sources help school libraries to present pupils and teachers with a principle of a School Information Center which is not continued to the school but is a link to an endless supply of information (Herring, 1988).