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Title: The Children's Librarian As Viewed By Children
Author(s): Rogers, Norma L.
Subject(s): Children’s libraries
Abstract: In an attempt to find out what children, i.e., patrons, think of librarians, three different techniques were utilized in the Urbana Free Library to elicit responses. The first was a brief survey, involving a one-line question asked of the children in thirty classes visiting the public library last spring. The second was a 2-page questionnaire filled out by some children who were regular library users, and the third was a 2-hour discussion with members of the Junior Critics organization of the library. The first technique attempted to determine how children describe librarians. Children were asked to write a brief, even one-word description of a librarian. Most of the responses defined a personal quality, but a number of the children chose to list types of work performed by the librarian. The examples of work cited were almost entirely of a professional nature, with fewer than 10 percent describing any clerical jobs. Forty-four different descriptive terms were used, ranging from words like happy, smart, intelligent, dramatic, interesting, understanding, cheerful, fun and polite, to mean, unfriendly, grouchy, weird and strict. Some even thought of librarians as "pretty." The number of positive words far outweighed the negative, but of the variety of words used, 50 percent of the children described librarians as "nice" and another 20 percent as "helpful."
Issue Date: 1977
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: 57-61.
Series/Report: Allerton Park Institute (23rd : 1977)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1658
ISBN: 0-87845-049-1
ISSN: 0536-4604
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
 

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