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  • P-ISSN1013-0799
  • E-ISSN2586-2073

A Study on the Current State and Improvements of the Public Library Services for Older Adult in Korea

Journal of the Korean Society for Information Management, (P)1013-0799; (E)2586-2073
2021, v.38 no.3, pp.199-214
https://doi.org/10.3743/KOSIM.2021.38.3.199
Kyung Jae Bae (Dongduk Women's University)

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Abstract

This study was conducted with the aim of identifying the current state and improvements of the public library services for older adult in Korea. According to the online survey of public libraries in urban areas across the country, a total of 172 libraries responded. Research shows that public libraries generally recognize the importance of elderly users, but there are limitations in active efforts. The priority area for library collection and space/facilities was to be strengthened by the expansion of large type and voice books/periodical books, as well as the need to ask librarians for help to find books in high bookshelves. In the case of library services/programs, the areas that need to be strengthened first were analyzed as social participation programs and humanities programs. The librarians in charge of information services expressed their opinions that more specialized services and programs should be planned and subdivided for the elderly generation in order to provide older adults’ services unique to other older adults’ service institutions.

Submission Date
2021-08-23
Revised Date
2021-09-01
Accepted Date
2021-09-11

Journal of the Korean Society for Information Management