Components of the Implementation of Bibliotherapy in Public Libraries: Viewpoints of LIS and Psychology professionals

Khoeini, Soheila and Noruzi, Alireza and Fahimnia, Fatemeh Components of the Implementation of Bibliotherapy in Public Libraries: Viewpoints of LIS and Psychology professionals. Research on Information Science and Public Libraries, 2017, vol. 23, n. 1, pp. 89-110. [Journal article (Paginated)]

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Purpose: This research aimed at the identification of the necessities for implementation of bibliotherapy in public libraries from the viewpoint of library and information science professionals and psychology professionals, and proposing a model. Methodology: First, in order to identify the necessary components for the implementation of bibliotherapy in the public libraries, we have done an exploratory study, reviewing the literature and then, we designed a web-based questionnaire with well-measured scales of reliability and validity to assess the viewpoints of professionals about prepared criteria. The population of the study included 61 members of library and information science and psychology professionals. Findings: The results showed that on the basis of the viewpoints of professionals, clients of the bibliotherapy projects in public libraries should be normal people, the most important organization that can involve is “Public Libraries Foundation”, the central requisite for initial engagement is “trained and specialized personnel”, the best method of performance is “creative bibliotherapy”, the most important contribution of corporate organizations is “providing suitable booklists”, the most important task of an engaged public library was “providing needed books”; and the joint task of all cooperating organizations was “evaluation and revalidation of the process”. Originality/Value: This research introduces the main elements of the implementation of bibliotherapy projects in public libraries and provides a basis for provides an action list.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Bibliotherapy, Public Libraries, Users, Readers, Therapy, Iran
Subjects: C. Users, literacy and reading. > CF. Reading and story telling.
D. Libraries as physical collections. > DC. Public libraries.
Depositing user: Dr. Alireza Noruzi
Date deposited: 16 Mar 2019 16:07
Last modified: 16 Mar 2019 16:08


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