Strangers' Battle: Adversities and Coping Mechanisms of Library Paraprofessionals Managing School Libraries
Keywords:Library and information science, Library and information centers, Library in-charge, Phenomenological, Philippines
This phenomenological qualitative research focused on library paraprofessionals’ adversities and their coping mechanisms managing a school library. Nine (9) library paraprofessionals from the provinces of Davao del Sur and Davao Occidental took part in this study through Key Informant Interviews (KII) . Results revealed that they wrestled with heavy workloads, lack of training and background in library management, poor implementation of RA 9246, and absence of training opportunities. In coping with these, they developed a strong support system and have kept a positive attitude towards their work. They also gained insights, presented into three (3) themes: making the library a priority, keeping a positive attitude and collaborating with library organizations. To fully attain effective and efficient school library services, the Department of Education (DepEd) called for the strict implementation of Republic Act 9246. Also, librarians are prompted to collaborate with professional organizations in advocating and standing for the strong implementation of the said law.
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