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ERIC Number: ED497653
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-9-0778-9716-4
ISSN: ISSN-0168-1931
Guidelines for Library Services to Babies and Toddlers. IFLA Professional Reports, No. 100
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (NJ1)
The Guidelines are focused on the library services to babies and toddlers, their families and supporting organizations dealing with early literacy and appropriate services for the very young. Early brain development research has shown the unequivocal impact that talking, singing and reading to babies and toddlers can have on their acquisition of speech and language. A child's environment contributes significantly to the development of pre-reading skills. A stimulating reading environment also involves the availability of reading materials. Families all over the world need access to the tools available in local libraries. An early introduction to the library allows for a comfort level, a willingness to ask for assistance, a place in which to seek answers and to learn about the resources and technologies available there. For children with special needs, early access to library services is even more important. Such exposure serves as a head start before formal schooling. The purpose of these guidelines is to help public libraries throughout the world implement high quality children's services. They are intended as a tool for both trained and inexperienced librarians who have the responsibility of serving families with babies and toddlers. The targeted audience for the guidelines is practicing librarians, library administrators and decision-makers, students and instructors in library and information science training programs. (Contains 3 footnotes.) [The Guidelines are developed as a joint project (2006-2007) of all sections of IFLA Division of Libraries Serving the General Public, and coordinated by the Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section.]
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Students; Support Staff; Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, The Hague (Netherlands).