School Resource Centres in Malaysia

written by:

FADZLIATON ZAINUDIN

Introduction

The School Resource Centres (SRCs) in Malaysia provide information and ideas that are fundamental to function successfully in today’s information and knowledge-based society. The SRCs equip students with information literacy skills and help them develop life-long learning habits, enabling them to be knowledgeable and responsible citizens.

Current Scenario

Currently, there are 10,154 SRCs in Malaysia (7760 @ 76.4% in primary schools and 2,394 @ 23.6% in secondary schools). Where there is a school, there will be a school resource centre.

Function of SRCs

SRCs aim to provide a range of learning opportunities for both large and small groups as well as individuals with a focus on intellectual content, information literacy, and the learner. In addition to classroom visits with collaborating teachers, the SRCs also serve as a place for students to do independent work, use computers, audio-visual equipment and research materials; and also to hold special events such as thematic exhibitions and reading club activities.

The SRC programme is a collaborative venture in which the teacher-librarians, teachers, and administrators work together to provide opportunities for the social, cultural, and educational growth of students. Activities that are part of the school library media program can take place in the school library media center, and other SRCs’ linked facilities such as the audio-visual room, computer laboratory, and Access Centre and other special rooms set up by the schools.

The Role of the Educational Technology Division in the Development of SRCs in Malaysia

  1. To raise the standards of SRC, currently set at three-star or 60% of SRC performance indicators (PIs).
  2. To give assistance to needy SRC in achieving the standards through the “SRC Assistance Programme”.
  3. To give motivation to teacher librarians in SRCs to increase and maintain the standards through  the “SRC Excellence Award Programme”.
  4. To ensure that SRCs use all types of media (including digital) and is fully automated, and utilizes the Internet [as well as books] for information gathering.
  5. To inculcate reading habits among school children and increase the number of books read by them.
  6. To develop SRCs as a resource base for the school by using the curriculum and student interests to identify and obtain library materials, organize and maintain the SRC collection in order to promote independent reading and lifelong learning.
  7. To ensure that SRCs are properly managed and all materials in the SRC collection be located using an Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC).
  8. To ensure that SRC programmes also encompass activities relating to technology including the integration of resources in a variety of formats: periodical databases; Web sites; digital video segments/EduwebTV; podcasts; blog and wiki content; digital images; virtual classrooms, etc.
  9. To ensure that the teacher-librarians have proper training and staff development programs to help them in effectively managing SRCs.
  10. To ensure that all state resource centres (SRC) and teacher activity centres (TAC) have properly equipped resource centres to cater to the needs of teachers and staff within the area or district.
  11. To ensure that the officers and staff manning the resource centres have proper training and staff development programs to help them run the RCs more efficiently and effectively.

(originally published in bibliografi.moe.edu.my on 2 July 2010)

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