Youth-Serving Libraries in Japan, Russia, and the United States

Youth-Serving Libraries in Japan, Russia, and the United States

by Lesley S.J. Farmer (Editor)


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In recent years, interest in International Librarianship has grown rapidly and will continue to grow as globalization influences education and librarianship. In countries around the world, public and school libraries have unique roles and their staffs collaborate across types of libraries to varying degrees. Library staff preparation, training, and ongoing learning and organization of youth-serving librarians mirror each country's values and priorities. The essays in Youth-Serving Libraries in Japan, Russia, and the United States address the universal and culture-specific aspects of library services to children and teens in these three countries. This collection shows how libraries have developed in light of each country's political, educational, and social history. They examine how government and citizen roles in youth-serving libraries also reflect culturally defined social structures. The chapters highlight unique collections and services within each country and also show how librarians deal with the challenges they encounter, both from within their culture as well as from outside-including natural disasters. Each country's authors discuss contemporary issues that face youth-serving libraries, such as information literacy, reading in a multimedia world, and the overarching influence of technology. This book will be of interest to youth-serving librarians around the world, library educators, and for those studying international and young adult librarianship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810882256
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/2012
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lesley S. J. Farmer coordinates the Library Media Teacher program at California State University Long Beach, where she also serves as a reference librarian for the university’s library. She is the author and co-author of numerous books, including Technology Infused Instruction for the Educational Community (Scarecrow, 2004) and Information Literacy Assessment in K-12 Settings (Scarecrow, 2007).

Natalia Gendina is professor for the department of information technology at Kemerovo State University of Culture and Arts in Russia and directs the Information Technology Research Institute of Social Sphere.

Yuriko Nakamura is associate professor at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. Nakamura has published several books and academic papers. She has been working as a committee member of the School Libraries and Resource Centers Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions since 2005, and serves as Information Officer for the section.

Table of Contents

Preface SECTION I: JAPAN Chapter 1. Overview of Youth-Serving Libraries in Japan. Yuriko Nakamura Chapter 2. Media Literacy Practice in the Public High School Library. Yuriko Matsuda Chapter 3. Developing An Expansive Learning Environment: A Challenge of a Japanese Private High-School Library Seriously Damaged by a Big Earthquake. Masaharu Adachi Chapter 4. School Libraries in Japanese Public Elementary Schools: A Report from the School Library Support Room in Arakawa City, Tokyo. Toshi Fujita Chapter 5. Development and Characteristics of Library Services for Children and Youth in Okinawa. Kenji Kanna Chapter 6. The International Library of Children's Literature (ILCL). Mikio Wanaka SECTION II: RUSSIA Chapter 1. Overview of Library Services Provided to Children and Young Adults in Russia. Galina Kislovskaya, Natalia Bubekina, Vera Chudinova Chapter 2. Serving Children and Youth on a Basis of School Libraries. T. D. Zhukova Chapter 3. Services for Children and Young People in Public Libraries. Galina Kislovskaya, Natalia Bubekina, Vera Chudinova Chapter 4. Problems of Formation of Information Literacy and Information Culture of Children and Youth: A View from Russia. Natalia Gendina Chapter 5. A Children's Library in a Polyethnic Region as a Center of Tolerance, Intercultural Communication, and Peacemaking Center. Burliyat Umakhanova and Elmir Yakubov Chapter 6. Children, Teenagers and Librarians on the Net: Problems, Projects, Prospects. Vera Chudinova SECTION III: UNITED STATES Chapter 1. Overview of Youth-Serving Libraries in the United States. Lesley Farmer Chapter 2. From Information Power to Empowering Learners: The Transformation of School Library Programs in the United States. Judi Repman Chapter 3. U.S. Public Library Service to Youth: Focus on Literacy. Rachel Bindman Chapter 4. Why Can't We Work Together? "The Doctor is IN"; School-Public Library Partnerships. Jackie Siminitus Chapter 5. School and Public Library Services, Programs, and Collections for Diverse Youth In America. Jamie Campbell Naidoo Chapter 6. Technology for Youth-Serving Libraries in the United States. Lesley Farmer About the Editors About the Contributors

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