ERIC Number: ED105829
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-May
Reference Count: N/A
Beyond the City: Library Service to Children in the Northwest Territories, Canada.
Smith, Patricia L.
The objectives and programs involved in public library service to children in the Northwest Territories (NWT) are not very different from those of other small public library systems. However, program operation is affected by the vast distances involved, the isolation of the communities, and the presence of ethnic groups whose language had no written form until a century ago. Service to this area is provided by the Northwest Territories Public Library Services. During the six years since a children's librarian was appointed, new facets of the children's program have gradually been introduced. Through cooperation with the Department of Education, visits are made to schools for storytelling and talks on library services. NWT aids local librarians through workshops, booklists, and the encouragement of interlibrary loan. A wide range of children must be provided for, including those for whom English is a second language. There is still a deficit of materials suited to the languages and cultures of these children. The Department of Education has been given the sole responsibility for audiovisual materials, but improved cooperation between the schools and the NWT libraries will allow for a sharing of media resources and improved service to small communities. (Author/SL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwest Territories Public Library Services, Hay River.
Identifiers - Location: Canada