|Title:||The Children's Librarian as Viewed by Heads of Children's Services
|Author(s):||Field, Carolyn W.
|Abstract:||"Only the rarest kind of best in anything can be good enough for the
young." These words are engraved on the Regina Medal, awarded annually
by the Catholic Library Association for excellence in service to
children by either a writer, publisher, illustrator or librarian. It is a goal
toward which every children's librarian should strive.
What is a children's librarian in this age of the generalist, the information
specialist and the computer? No one has defined it more concisely
than Alice Hazeltine did in 1921: "A children's librarian is, first of all, a
librarian whose vision of library work with children as an integral part of
library work as a whole and as an educational movement is clear and
compelling." The children's librarian must have all the essential qualities
of the librarian plus two important attributes: a liking for children
as individuals and a keen appreciation of children's books. Knowing
techniques for eliciting the patron's needs is helpful, but more importantly,
the librarian must possess an innate intellectual curiosity to go
beyond the superficial and to help the patron express those information
needs. To do this, the librarian must be an avid reader of newspapers in
order to be alert to current events and ideas. This is particularly true of
the children's librarian, because children are exposed to the latest events
and ideas through television and may want to know more on a particular
subject but be unable to express this desire succinctly.
|Publisher:||Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
|Citation Info:||In S.K. Richardson (ed). 1977. Children’s services of public libraries: Papers presented at the 23rd Allerton Park Institute. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 49-52.
|Series/Report:||Allerton Park Institute (23rd : 1977)
|Genre:||Conference Paper / Presentation
|Publication Status:||published or submitted for publication
|Rights Information:||Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1977.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2007-07-23