Libraries and the development of information-handling in the educational system of Oman

2018-11-16T16:35:34Z (GMT) by Moosa N. Al-Mufaraji
This research investigates the existing situation regarding libraries and Learning Resource Centres (LRCs) and their infrastructure in Oman, with particular reference to those institutions in the educational system. A range of issues regarding management and organisation, resources and users are explored, as well as the adoption of modem technology in these libraries and LRCs. Two models were developed for the study. The first model was prepared to show the organisational information system, while the second model examined the impact of different types of information-seeking behaviour on the use of information sources. Data have been collected both via questionnaires and interviews. The questionnaires involved the investigation of school library users (teachers and students) in preparatory and secondary schools; and academic libraries and LRC users (faculty and students) at Sultan Qaboos University, Colleges of Education and Technical Industrial Colleges. The interview questions were put to the directors and heads of libraries and LRCs. The survey focused on eleven areas: staff; budget, acquisitions, policies, co-operation, library and LRC use, resources, services, information technology, education and future development. [Continues.]