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ERIC Number: ED344596
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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A Vasterbotten Experience!
Downes, Valerie J.
This report presents an American Library Association (ALA) Book Fellow's observations of schools and libraries in Sweden's Vasterbotten County in the fall of 1988. The narrative report discusses Sweden's cultural policy, comprehensive library service, library classification system, databases, audiovisual services, and education policy, as well as school library services. The results of a survey of 40 school libraries and 150 classrooms over a 5-month period are then reported in the first of 6 appendixes. The remaining appendixes include copies of the questionnaires used to collect both qualitative and quantitative data on school library facilities, budgets, collections, staffing, and services, together with analyses of the data collected by the survey. These data indicate that: (1) the purpose of the school library programs studied is to provide information and reading guidance and materials to their patrons; (2) no effort is made to develop the audiovisual aspects of a media program unless directly related to helping the patron find information or enjoy books (e.g., genealogical information on microfilm and talking books for the visually handicapped); (3) children listen to stories in the library and learn how to find materials, but little attempt is made to integrate library skills into the curriculum in a systematic manner; and (4) most school library programs do a good job of meeting their objective as exemplified by the high scores in the areas dealing with reading and books. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Sweden
Note: ALA Library Book Fellows Program, 1988. For related document, see IR 053 998.