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A Study on the Assessment of Social Impact of Cultural Programs of the Children's Library

  • Journal of Korean Library and Information Science Society
  • Abbr : JKLISS
  • 2018, 49(1), pp.233-265
  • DOI : 10.16981/kliss.49.1.201803.233
  • Publisher : Korean Library And Information Science Society
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Library and Information Science
  • Received : February 19, 2018
  • Accepted : March 18, 2018

Jung-Ah Kang 1 Younghee Noh 1

1건국대학교

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ABSTRACT

The aim of this study was to assess the social impact of the cultural programs of the children's libraries in Korea and further present the libraries’social value. To this end, we have conducted a survey on 511 elementary school students to assess the social impact of the children libraries’cultural programs. As a consequence, we have ascertained the children's expressiveness / creativity within their personal realms, self–esteem, pleasure / joy / happiness as well as their attitude towards cultural arts and changes in the cultural and artistic experiences further to growth in friendship as a matter of social interaction, generation and strengthening of local communities, sense of affiliation with local community / identify, and local community participation, among the manifestations of the social impact concerned. Based on this, children’s libraries can be regarded as an important social capital of the community in the following aspects. Children’s libraries enhance the quality of life and children's interaction skills. It also make them feel attached to the local community. Children's libraries maintain local communities, contribute to the creation and strengthening of local communities, and encourage participation in local activities.

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