Edicola: Libri (March 2007)

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Nel numero di marzo di LIBRI: international journal of libraries and information services, (vol. 57, number 1, March 2007) segnaliamo:

Surfacing Filipino School Children’s Images of Librarians through Doodling
ALLAN DE GUZMAN, SHEENA MAI B. CUSTODIO AND MELISSA ANGELA P. GARCIA

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Abstract. This qualitative study describes how Filipino grade school pupils in a private, sectarian school in Manila, Philippines identify their views and images of the librarian. Two hundred fifty-eight (258) pupils were asked to fill out a robotfoto box for illustration and to fill in a diagram. As a result of the data gathered and analyzed, two (2) faces of the librarian came into view, based on the children’s doodling, the desirable and the undesirable librarian. On the one hand, the desirable librarian represents the enticing, enduring and engaging type. On the other hand, disappointing, depressing and depriving types characterize the librarian who is undesirable. The doodlings indicate that being desirable attracts library clients to visit the library and develops interest in using the library facilities more often. The undesirable qualities make students hesitate in entering the library. This study shows the need for librarians to be concerned with improving their images to develop desired qualities for the benefit of their student clientele.

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