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A Study of the Effectiveness and Status of Continuing Education for Children's Librarians in Public Libraries

  • Journal of the Korean Society for Library and Information Science
  • 2008, 42(4), pp.481-501
  • Publisher : 한국문헌정보학회
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Library and Information Science

Yunkeum Chang 1 Haengsoon Jeong 1

1숙명여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims at exploring the effectiveness of continuing education for enhancing professionalism of children's librarians and its problems in order to provide systematic and practical children's services in public libraries. To this end, we conducted a thorough review and analysis of relevant studies on children's services and children's librarian education in public libraries. Then, we carried out a survey for children's librarians in public libraries in 2007 and in-depth phone and email interviews of children's librarians who participated in a continuing education program at K library one year later. The study findings showed the need for children's librarians' continuing practical training for children's services instead of one-time training. Further, we found the lack of children's librarians' professionalism and staff members in providing effective library services for children in public libraries.

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