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A Study on the Analysis and Improvement of Cultural Programs in Small Libraries: The Case of Seoul Metropolitan City

  • Journal of the Korean Society for Library and Information Science
  • 2012, 46(1), pp.289-309
  • DOI : 10.4275/KSLIS.2012.46.1.289
  • Publisher : 한국문헌정보학회
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Library and Information Science
  • Received : January 15, 2012
  • Accepted : February 20, 2012

Yang,Byung-Hoon 1

1숭의여자대학

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ABSTRACT

In an attempt to study the current status and ways to revitalize cultural programs in small libraries, this study surveyed 142 small libraries based in the Seoul. Two most important functions of both public and private small libraries were found to be the loan/return of materials and cultural programs; over 50% of small libraries are operating cultural programs. It was also found that institutions that did not operate the cultural programs were aware of the necessity. Both public and private small libraries were operating one to three cultural programs, and their types varied from cultural refinement to reading-related programs. There was a higher rate of answers stating that the person in charge of operating cultural programs for public small libraries were administrative personnels, while the chief librarian was the person in charge for private small libraries. The hardships both types of libraries encountered were found to be budget-related and on securing manpower.

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