The Utilization of School Library to Grow a Literation Culture of Elementary School Students
This study aims to analyze the use of the school library in order to foster the literacy culture of elementary
school students in Purwokerto. This type of research is descriptive qualitative. Respondents in this study were
school principals, teachers and librarians. Data were collected through observation and semi-structured
interviews. In this study, qualitative data analysis from Miles was used which consisted of three streams of
activity that occurred simultaneously, which included data reduction, data presentation, and drawing conclusions
or verification. The results showed that the use of the library in order to instill a culture of literacy was done in a
way; 1) book corner, 2) library visit and 3) reading before class. The problems that are experienced are; 1)
inadequate library space, 2) absence of librarian, 3) poorly maintained and limited library collections, 4) library
control card is still manual, 5) students' lack of reading interest. The library as a learning resource which is
expected to foster interest in reading for students must be well managed and organized, there must be an
evaluation regarding the utilization and effectiveness of the library function. So that the central role of the library
is increasingly functioning optimally in order to foster student interest in reading and literacy culture.
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