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Balayan East Central School

· Volume V Issue IV


This study aimed to assess the optimal usage of the library for academic learning. Currently, technological tools and gadgets appear to be the primary sources of information, in contrast to the past when pupils maximally utilized all the reference materials in school libraries. To determine the study's baseline, the researcher employed a descriptive method of quantitative research design. Survey questionnaires were crafted and distributed by the researcher to 183 grade six learners at Balayan East Central School. The survey results revealed that the 183 respondents mainly use library resources for assignments and research work. Factors were identified as reasons why learners sometimes hesitate to use the library, and challenges were encountered by the pupils in using library equipment. Based on these findings, the researcher proposes an action plan aimed at optimizing the usage of the school library to enhance reading and comprehension skills, thereby improving academic performance across various fields of study, in alignment with the mandate of DepEd Order No. 24, Series of 2023.

Keywords: Library, Library Resources, Academic Achievement


Context and Rationale

The enduring significance of libraries in academic settings cannot be overstated, particularly in an era dominated by digital information. In light of this evolution, the library has emerged as a crucial hub for fostering academic excellence, serving not only as a repository of knowledge but also as a dynamic space that nurtures intellectual exploration and comprehensive learning (Walt, 2019). However, the widespread accessibility of digital resources has led to a decline in the utilization of library facilities among students, who often prefer the convenience of online sources for their academic endeavors.

This action research project seeks to delve into the contemporary challenges faced by students in utilizing library resources effectively. While the internet offers expediency, it is essential to explore how a strategic and informed use of library facilities can significantly contribute to academic success. The research aims to investigate the factors influencing the underutilization of libraries, particularly in the context of students' reliance on digital platforms for assignments and activities.

In accordance with DepEd Order No. 024 series 2023, also known as the Guidelines on the Provision of Supplementary Learning Resources for Public Schools Libraries and Library Hubs, schools are mandated to augment the available text-based learning resources for public school libraries and library hubs. This directive is designed to assist learners in mastering the skills, knowledge, and experiences needed for lifelong learning. By conducting a systematic examination, the study aims to uncover the reasons behind the prevailing trend and, subsequently, develop strategies to reposition the library as a vital locus for academic enrichment.

The focus of this research extends beyond the mere examination of library use; it endeavors to elucidate the tangible impact of optimized library utilization on students' research capabilities, study habits, and overall academic performance. Through a comprehensive analysis of the diverse dimensions of library resources—ranging from traditional print collections to digital archives, specialized databases, and the valuable guidance offered by librarians—the study aspires to showcase how an integrated and holistic approach to library engagement can foster a culture of academic excellence.

Furthermore, the investigation aims to dispel common misconceptions among students regarding the perceived limitations of library resources compared to digital platforms. By highlighting the unique benefits and enriching opportunities that libraries afford, the research seeks to inspire a paradigm shift in students' attitudes toward library usage. Ultimately, the goal is to empower students with the knowledge and awareness needed to make informed choices, encouraging them to view the library as an indispensable space for academic growth and success.

In essence, this action research project aligns with the broader objective of nurturing a renewed appreciation for libraries within the academic community. By shedding light on the pivotal role of libraries in supporting academic achievement and in line with the directives of DepEd Order No. 024 series 2023, the study aims to bridge the gap between the traditional and digital realms of information, positioning the library as an integral and irreplaceable asset in the pursuit of knowledge and academic success.


Innovation, Intervention and Strategy

The researcher proposed a plan of action to cultivate effective learning through the optimization of library resources and utilization for academic achievement, known as Project BALL (Building Access to Library for the Learners). A work plan was created to serve as a guide for teachers and learners, outlining program components, strategies/activities, timelines, people involved, budgetary requirements, and success indicators.

In the teaching and learning processes of this new era of education, it is crucial that those involved are well-guided in implementing the project. The incorporation of a guide in this study to deepen learners' interest in using the library is significant and beneficial for the institution, educators, and, most especially, the learners. With its effective implementation, objectives will be met, and success will be attained.

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