Are library services for children up to date?
There has been much discussion about how library services should be developed to maintain the interest of patrons, especially young people. Library services for children must also be developed, i.e. what are the best ways to serve them now and in the future.
What does the library offer children? Are the collections diverse enough? Do the library personnel know how to advise and inspire children? Does the library offer other activities in addition to computer games?
The children’s librarian is specialized in children’s library services, knows how to acquire and recommend suitable library material for people of different ages, to organize story hours and other activities, to design web pages for children, and to listen to the wishes of children. The children’s librarian is irreplaceable, but children’s library services are an issue concerning the entire personnel; they are an important part of customer service.
Counsellor for Library Affairs, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland
Translation: Turun Täyskäännös