From face-to-face to online instruction: Librarians' experiences in conducting online library instruction



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This study explores the current distance learning practices of academic and school libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic and examines the experiences of academic and school librarians during distance learning. This study addressed the following research questions: What has been the experience of school and academic librarians in transitioning instruction from in-person to online instruction during the pandemic?; What are institutional supports necessary for online library instruction?; and What are the challenges and opportunities of online instruction in school and academic libraries? A web-based survey was distributed to members of the Philippine Association of School Librarians (PASLI) and the Philippine Association of Academic/Research Librarians (PAARL) in March 2021. All data were analysed using SPSS. In general, school and academic librarians were not completely prepared to switch from face-to-face classroom to online library instruction. Respondents experienced difficulty and stress as they transition to online teaching due to limited access to educational technologies, lack of teaching experience in an online environment, and poor working conditions at the home workspace. The results of this study may be useful to understand better librarians' preparedness and experience in conducting online library instruction courses. This study could be beneficial to the profession by understanding the library instruction practices of school and academic libraries.



Information Literacy | Library and Information Science


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Library orientation for college students; Information services—User education; Web-based instruction

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