PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN THAILAND IN THE CONTEXT OF LIVING LIBRARY MODEL FOR LIFELONG LEARNING IN THE COMMUNITY

Rungtip Charoensak, Chollabhat Vongprasert

Abstract


The objective of this research was to study Public Libraries in Thailand, of different size and scope, particularly to provide guidelines for development of living-library model for lifelong learning among Thai community. The study being a descriptive, conducted a survey using questionnaires, sample was drawn among administrators and library staff using multi-stage random sampling method. The inferential statistics was used for analysis of the data which includes percentage, mean, and standard deviation. In context of this study, Living-Library Model means information support and service for Life-Long Learning (all age group and life-cycle of individual) to Community. The finding of the study is shown based on the score level of study factors – high level, middle level and low level. The study found that budget’ is the problem for both small-sized and medium-sized libraries, and large-sized libraries are managing with average-level budgets. Also study found that factors viz. networks and participation, information resources, information services and activity are average.

Keywords


Living Library Model, Lifelong Learning (LLL), Public Libraries, Surveys, Thailand

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