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A Study on Strengthening the Libraries' Role by Using Free Learning Semester

  • Journal of Korean Library and Information Science Society
  • Abbr : JKLISS
  • 2016, 47(4), pp.93-122
  • DOI : 10.16981/kliss.47.4.201612.93
  • Publisher : Korean Library And Information Science Society
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Library and Information Science

Younghee Noh 1 Hyein Kim 2

1건국대학교
2건국대학교 지식콘텐츠연구소

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ABSTRACT

The present study investigates librarians perceptions of Free Learning Semester, and their commitment to program development for coordination with Free Learning Semester, and whether they currently offer programs for Free Learning Semester. The study results are as follows. First, the results on perceptions of Free Learning semester showed that 54.20% of the librarians who participated in the study were aware of Free Learning Semester, and 80.15% had participated in training related to Free Learning Semester. Regarding the anticipated outcomes of implementation of Free Learning Semester, “Participation in various experiential activities offered through Free Learning Semester” was the most common response, and regarding special considerations in Free Learning Semester, “Need for instituting the dedicated workforce and enhancing their sense of responsibility and expertise” was the most common response. Second, regarding the library program development and provision for coordination with Free Learning Semester, 58.02% thought that the implementation of Free Learning Semester was an opportunity to expand the role of libraries, while insufficient budget was listed as a barrier. In addition, 63.36% stated that they had no experience in providing a program in a library. Finally, the results on the perception on the Free Learning Semester program they want to provide in a library showed that “Human Library” and “Read! Think! Dream!” were the programs they want to provide most, with the mean score of 3.939.

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