Dr Loh Chin Ee Shares about Singapore School Libraries and Publishes Journal Paper
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
Assistant Professor of NIE’s English Language and Literature Academic Group (ELL AG) Dr Loh Chin Ee, was invited to share about Singapore’s school libraries at the 3rd ASEAN Regional Workshop on School Libraries in Southeast Asia on 2 October 2017. The workshop was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and was organized by Universiti Teknologi Mara. It was attended by more than 150 participants from the ASEAN region including Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar.
Dr Loh shared five factors for creating a reading library based on findings from her research paper below. The factors are:
(1) Curating the selection for readers
(2) Making books visible
(3) Creating programmes to excite readers
(4) Designing spaces for reading
(5) Building an ecology for reading
The paper from which the presentation drew upon, written by Dr Loh with co-authors Dr Mary Ellis, Ms Agnes Alcantara Paculdar and Mr Zhong Hao Wan of the ELL AG, was published in September 2017. It is titled “Building a successful reading culture through the school library” and was published in the International Federation of Library Associations Journal.
As much research has documented a strong correlation between independent reading and academic achievement, the school library can serve a crucial role in encouraging reading. This paper details how one school transformed its school library, making it a central place for reading within the school.
The data collected from Dr Loh’s OER project titled “Building a Reading Culture” provided evidence of the kinds of strategies, programmes and design that works to encourage reading.