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ERIC Number: ED063000
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 12
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Reference Count: 0
The Library as a Motivating Factor.
Moody, Mildred T.
The librarian working in a hospital or institution with patients and the therapy staff must go beyond conventional library service. With many kinds of resources available the library becomes an integral part of the remedial and rehabilitative program. Strong and sustained motivation is necessary because the institution is an artificial environment in which regression is likely to occur, and an assessment of the complex circumstances which brought the individual to the institution call for remediation. The librarian must develop an active program which is therapeutic in nature, and which will also support the therapy staff in its activities. Bibliotherapy, the application of reading programs to solve individual problems, may be carried out independently or in groups. Based on psychological principles and a broad understanding of literature, this technique can be a strong motivating factor. The present tendency of shifting treatment programs to the community rather than the institution calls for greater coordination by local agencies. The public library will be called upon to extend its services to the handicapped in greater measure than in the past. (Author)
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Note: (5 References); Speech given at Institute on Specialized Library Services, Extension Division, Indiana State Library (Indianapolis, Indiana, July 22-23, 1971)