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Library and Information Science Paper (ID LIS066061)

Author
Motoko YAMASHITA
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Functions Required for Junior College Libraries: Awareness of Librarians, Presidents and Secretary Generals
Issue
No.66, p.61-80
Issue date
2011-12-26
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Purpose: This research examined the awareness of librarians, presidents and secretary generals regarding how junior college libraries support education and research activities.

Methods: Questionnaires were sent between June and September 2008 to the librarians, presidents and secretary generals of every junior colleges in Japan that has an independent library. The questionnaires contained 14 questions covering seven fields: 1) preservation and management of library materials, 2) interlibrary access, 3) enhancing library use, 4) introduction of online services, 5) educational activities by librarians, 6) learning and research support services by librarians and 7) library as a place. Valid responses were obtained from 146 librarians, 110 presidents and 124 secretary generals.

Results: Librarians generally place greater importance on reference services in the field of learning and research support services than presidents and secretary generals, and place particular emphasis than secretary generals on the following six areas: 1) functions as an information center for external citizens in the area of preservation and management of library materials, 2) use of extramural libraries in the interlibrary access, 3) provision of web-OPAC services in the introduction of online services, 4) construction of library website in the introduction of online services, 5) library use education in the educational activities by librarians and 6) collection development in the learning and research support services. On the other hand, presidents are more interested in the functions of their library as an information center for citizens in the area of preservation and management of library materials and its open-door policy of library to the general public in enhancing library use than librarians.

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