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ERIC Number: ED062999
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 18
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Reference Count: 0
Bibliotherapy: A Social Responsibility.
Tews, Ruth M.
In this day of change and upheavel, the basic purpose of the library remains unchanged. What is necessary is a change in our thinking, a re-evaluation of our activities and how they meet and fulfill that purpose and goal. Simply put: the library has a vested responsibility to society, namely, the whole man and to culture. The contributions of the library today should be to help relieve and perhaps even help in solving the problems of society, whatever they may be, to support all efforts to help improve and educate the citizen. Its resources should be used widely and with imagination. The realm of using the principles of bibliotherapy opens new directions and forces for librarians. We librarians who have been working in hospitals and institutions have long been involved in programing for the rehabilitation and welfare of readers. We use ourselves, our library and its resources as means in therapy. All librarians have not only the opportunity, but also a duty to define and then to assume their roles more aggressively in the continuing education in any milieu. The most important thing is to know your clientele, and know where your priorities lie. (Author/SJ)
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Note: (13 References); Speech given at Institute on Specialized Library Services, Extension Division, Indiana State Library (Indianapolis, Ind., July 22-23. 1971)