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The School Librarian in Rural China: “A Stranger Among Her People”

The School Librarian in Rural China: “A Stranger Among Her People”
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Author(s): Peter Warning (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong) and James Henri (Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation, Hong Kong)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 17
Source title: Library and Information Science in Developing Countries: Contemporary Issues
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): A. Tella (University of Ilorin, Nigeria) and A.O. Issa (University of Ilorin, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-335-5.ch009

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Abstract

This chapter examines the school librarian (SL) in rural China in terms of his/her roles as the school information specialist and reading programme catalyst. The analysis is based on case study observations from site visits and interviews over a four-year period. The analysis surfaced key obstacles faced by the librarians, including: low knowledge base and expertise, limited material resources, and a lack of understanding of their roles by stakeholders within their communities. To alleviate these impediments, the importance of the SL’s roles needs to be understood by the school’s stakeholders, enabling the school librarian to be recognized as a skilled professional with an important and unique contribution to the educational process.

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