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In March 2006, a project took place in a high school in north-east England to evaluate recent changes made to the school library and to gather data that would help to inform its future development. To this end, all pupils were asked to complete an online questionnaire. The survey met with a response rate of around 14 per cent. Findings showed that fiction was significantly more popular than non-fiction, although no single genre was particularly favoured. There was a similar lack of consensus with regard to non-fiction areas that were of special interest to the respondents. As the researcher feared, the study revealed that use of the school library was very limited. While many pupils felt that the foremost mission of a school library should be to help users meet their academic needs, there was a general preference for greater comfort and a more informal atmosphere within the library, and existing rules on eating and talking were targets for criticism. Implications for practice emerged with regard to a range of matters, especially in terms of acquisitions policies, the provision of user education and stock deselection decisions.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2007

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