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Library Services for Children

V M Mohanraj (Author)
Synopsis Library Services for Children is, literally, a pathbreaking book. A strikingly original work, this is the first comprehensive treatise on library services for the entire juvenile population falling in the age group 2 to 14. It going age and literate youngsters but pre-schoolers, the physically challenged, the illiterate and the delinquent particularly the last two categories, whom librarians tend to totally ignore, as well. Although written in the background of Indian society, it is relevant to the underprivileged in all developing countries as well as in the developed industrial countries. The author sees librarianship not just as a profession but as a means of social service aimed at the cultural and social upliftment of the community. And the library is viewed more as a center for conscientisation than a mere resource center. In extending library services to all children, author hopes, the socially and culturally deprived child, instead of growing up to be a defeatist as it usually happens, will achieve, as he grows, a deepening awareness of the social reality that shapes his life and develops the inherent ability to transform that reality. And what he has acquired through the services provided by the library, is expected to equip him to accomplish that transformation. The book bristles with burning idealism, for which is may be faulted by many librarians but therein lies its strength. No library service, which to the author is synonymous with social service, is possible without such idealism, which has to be the driving force of a librarian. In the first chapter, the author traces the development of the philosophy of library service in relation to the changing phases of society, from, so to speak, the threshold of historic times to the modern times. And the reader finds that the modern philosophy of library service is in keeping with the democratic spirit of the society of the twenty-first millennium. But as he reads further, he realizes that the ground situation leaves much to be desired, as theory becomes a reality only when it truly grips the people. This realization impels the reader to carry out the tasks set in the succeeding chapters. An inspiring book that every committed librarian ought to read may, possess.
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About the author

V M Mohanraj

After a short stint of teaching as Demonstrator in Biology in the Arts College, Chennai, V.M. Mohanraj took up librarianship. And qualifying himself in the profession at the Madras University in 1951, he joined the Presidency College, Chennai, in 1955, as Additional Librarian and in 1959, got transferred as Chief Librarian to the Law College, Chennai. Thanks to the constraints of government service, he resigned from there to join The Lawrence School, Lovedale, a Public School, as Librarian and superannuated in 1989. The congenial atmosphere provided by the school helped him carry out many studies in various aspects of general reading of schoolchildren, the findings of which were published in the Herald of Library Science, Journal of Indian Education (NCERT) and Primary Teacher (NCERT). Besides publishing many papers on different topics pertaining school library organization and service in various other periodicals he has written a book, The School Library, published by the Kerala State Institute of Languages, Thiruvananthapuram, the first one on school library service to appear in Malayalam. A freelance writer, he has to his credit, five other books in Malayalam and articles in English and Malayam on various other topics. He had presented papers at many seminars on school library services and had visited myriad libraries in various states in the US to observe their working. Brief biographical sketches of his appear in the Who's Who of Today's Writers, brought out by the Kerala Sahitya Adademic, Trissur and a few other publishers.

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Bibliographic information

Title Library Services for Children
Author V M Mohanraj
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 817000389X
length xii+183p., Tables; Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.