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Library and Information Science Paper (ID LIS079001)

Author
Motoko YAMASHITA
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Strengths and Weaknesses of Junior College Libraries: Analysis Based on Junior College Accreditation Evaluations
Issue
No.79, p.1-19
Issue date
2018-06-30
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Purpose: The purpose of the paper is to determine the role of libraries in junior colleges and clarify their strengths and weaknesses with a view to further developing these in a manner that is closely related to the mission of junior colleges, without limiting the existing scope of junior college library functions and rules. A further purpose of the paper is to attempt to identify strengths and weaknesses of libraries according to the missions espoused by the junior colleges.

Methods: From 331 junior college accreditation evaluations conducted by the Japan Association for College Accreditation in the seven-year period from 2005 to 2011, the author investigated 2,204 “matters where particularly excellent efforts can be recognized” (of which, 92 were matters relating to libraries) and, after dividing these into 15 classifications based on their content, the author established 2,964 items in total (of which, 131 related to libraries and 2,833 to other matters). Based on these items, the author conducted a survey of the strengths and weaknesses of libraries by comparing library attributes and other matters. The author also attempted to analyze these strengths and weaknesses in light of the types of missions the respective junior colleges espoused.

Results: The survey found that the strengths of libraries were: well-equipped facilities and equipment; support for learning and study; activities in cooperation with society, activities that contribute to the community, and support for student extracurricular activities; and support for graduates and cooperation with alumni associations. On the other hand, the survey found the weaknesses of libraries were: support for teachers' educational activities; and enhancement of educational content and improvement in educational methodology. The survey did not find any characteristic relationship between the types of missions of the junior colleges and the strengths of libraries.

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