Access To and Use of Library Resources in Selected Secondary Schools in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

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Kampala International University, masters in Educational Management and Administration
This study aimed at examining the use of library resources in Secondary Schools. The study employed the sample size of 330 respondents where 300 were Students, 20 were Teachers and 10 Librarians. These were conveniently selected from Kambangwa. Kiluvya and St.Peter’s St Marys, Kimara B, Zanaki, Azania and Jangwani, Kibamba, and Kibwegele Secondary Schools, all from Dar es Salaam. Simple random and purposive sampling techniques were used in selecting samples for this study. The major findings of this study show that, the accessibility and usage of libraries in Secondary Schools is still low. The shortage of time of using a Library, inadequate Library resources, shortage of space, lack of trainings to students and the lack of qualified Librarians were the problems facing Libraries. However, the study also found that, Students were aware of the importance of the library. This study therefore recommends that Libraries should have well documented selection and acquisition policy and allocation of enough funds for libraries. Also, Students should be trained on how to use a library. Based on the findings above this study concludes that, accessibility and usage of library resources are poor in Dar es Salaam. For any Secondary School library to meet its goals, School library resources should be utilized effectively by the students.
A Thesis Presented to the School of Postgraduate Studies and Research Kampala International University Kampala, Uganda in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Education in Educational Management and Administration
Access To and Use of Library Resources, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania