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Electronic books usage at school libraries in Zimbabwe

Stanley Tichazivana

Abstract


The research study was carried out with the aim of assessing the usage of electronic books in school libraries of Zimbabwe. The study sought to ascertain the types of electronic books used at the school libraries in Zimbabwe, their extent of usage and the challenges faced when using the electronic books. Data for the research study was gathered by means of interviews during an annual pre-conference workshop of Zimbabwean school librarians held in the city of Mutare. This study reaffirms findings from past studies that school libraries are embracing the electronic books despite facing various challenges. The study recommends that school librarians be upskilled to be able to competently promote electronic books usage. Central government is also strongly recommended to put in place a policy on establishment of a library and employ professionally trained school librarians.

Keywords: Electronic books usage, School libraries, Zimbabwe




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