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The Demand for Developmental Bibliotherapeutic Service in University Libraries:
A Study of National Taiwan University Undergraduates
developmental bibliotherapeutic service,developmental bibliotherapy,university library,undergraduates,emotional healing,
|Publication Year :||2009|
The aims of this study are as follows: (1) to explore undergraduates’ psychological needs and emotional problems, (2) to examine the kind of emotional healing books that undergraduates usually read, as well as the effectiveness of these books in terms of emotional healing, (3) to understand the difficulties faced by undergraduates during the process of searching for emotional healing books in the university library, and (4) to investigate undergraduates’ demands for developmental bibliotherapeutic services in university library.
An in-depth interview was conducted to investigate undergraduates’ demands for developmental bibliotherapeutic service. Research participants include twenty National Taiwan University undergraduates who are deeply involved in reading emotional healing books. This study reached the following conclusions: Firstly, the psychological needs and emotional problems faced by interviewees are usually related to schoolwork. Secondly, there are three kinds of “emotional healing” books interviewees usually read, namely fiction, non-fiction, and self-help books. Fiction and self-help books can be further divided according to their themes. Moreover, the interviewees prefer “picture books” in the category of non-fiction emotional healing books. Thirdly, the effectiveness of these books in terms of emotional healing differs because of two factors, namely the personal circumstances of the undergraduates and certain material factors. Fourthly, “bookshelf-browsing” is the main manner by which interviewees find the desired emotional healing books, and “it takes time to wait for the requested books” is their main problem when seeking these books in the university library. When interviewees are unable to find the desired books, they tend to “borrow from friends” or “read books with a similar theme”.
Lastly, interviewees prefer to use the “reading bibliotherapeutic services”, which includes “the provision of an emotional healing annotated bibliography or book list”, “the establishment of a bibliotherapeutic service section”, “the setting up of a display of emotional healing books”, and “the provision of an e-paper or other information about these books”. Furthermore, interviewees consider that the promotion of bibliotherapeutic services is important, and that the library should, therefore, cooperate with other departments on campus or other social institutions. The service provider must also consider the cost and human resources required by the library. At the same time, librarians must be careful when they need to indirectly introduce undergraduates to psychology professionals. On the other hand, interviewees believe that the librarian who takes care of the developmental bibliotherapeutic service should be empathetic and has the capability of matching the “right book” with the “right person”. They also maintain that librarians should possess good communication skills.
In line with the above, the following proposals are made for university libraries:
(1) Establish a bibliotherapeutic service section, (2) Create an annotated bibliography and book list of emotional healing books, (3) Organize an exhibition for emotional healing books, (4) Construct a bibliotherapeutic service blog or website, (5) Train librarians for future bibliotherapeutic services, and (6) Cooperate with other departments, both on and off the campus, to provide effective bibliotherapeutic services.
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