Public Library Services for Wheelchair-Bound Young People in Singapore

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105831
Title:
Public Library Services for Wheelchair-Bound Young People in Singapore
Author:
Chew, Ivan; Higgins, Susan Ellen
Citation:
Public Library Services for Wheelchair-Bound Young People in Singapore 2002, 12(1) Libres
Journal:
Libres
Issue Date:
2002
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105831
Submitted date:
2005-03-29
Abstract:
This is an exploratory study of public library services in Singapore for young people (defined as those people between thirteen to nineteen years of age) who are wheelchair bound. Three main research questions are explored: * What are the information needs of wheelchair-bound young people? * What are their perceptions of libraries and library services? * What are the problems they face in using library facilities and services? The study involves eleven wheelchair-bound people between the ages of twelve and twenty who were selected by means of a purposive sample. Findings indicate that most participants enjoyed reading books but did not read newspapers. The computer was used primarily as a recreational tool, and the convenience of the Internet appealed to them. There were, however, problems in using computer equipment in the libraries. School libraries were generally inaccessible, and. there were also problems in using public library services and facilities as well as being in public places. Their use of public libraries was infrequent. They were unaware of the full range of library facilities and services. The study concluded that there was a need and demand for library services by wheelchair-bound young people. Their information needs and reading habits were no different from those of any young person. Current library promotions were inadequate in stimulating or sustaining their awareness and interest. Transportation was the main obstacle in getting to libraries. The problems faced in using libraries were mainly related to architectural and physical access to library facilities and services.
Type:
Journal Article (On-line/Unpaginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Libraries; Management
Local subject classification:
Teenager users; Service improvement; Disabled users

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorChew, Ivanen_US
dc.contributor.authorHiggins, Susan Ellenen_US
dc.date.accessioned2005-03-29T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:35:12Z-
dc.date.issued2002en_US
dc.date.submitted2005-03-29en_US
dc.identifier.citationPublic Library Services for Wheelchair-Bound Young People in Singapore 2002, 12(1) Libresen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105831-
dc.description.abstractThis is an exploratory study of public library services in Singapore for young people (defined as those people between thirteen to nineteen years of age) who are wheelchair bound. Three main research questions are explored: * What are the information needs of wheelchair-bound young people? * What are their perceptions of libraries and library services? * What are the problems they face in using library facilities and services? The study involves eleven wheelchair-bound people between the ages of twelve and twenty who were selected by means of a purposive sample. Findings indicate that most participants enjoyed reading books but did not read newspapers. The computer was used primarily as a recreational tool, and the convenience of the Internet appealed to them. There were, however, problems in using computer equipment in the libraries. School libraries were generally inaccessible, and. there were also problems in using public library services and facilities as well as being in public places. Their use of public libraries was infrequent. They were unaware of the full range of library facilities and services. The study concluded that there was a need and demand for library services by wheelchair-bound young people. Their information needs and reading habits were no different from those of any young person. Current library promotions were inadequate in stimulating or sustaining their awareness and interest. Transportation was the main obstacle in getting to libraries. The problems faced in using libraries were mainly related to architectural and physical access to library facilities and services.en_US
dc.format.mimetypehtmen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectLibrariesen_US
dc.subjectManagementen_US
dc.subject.otherTeenager usersen_US
dc.subject.otherService improvementen_US
dc.subject.otherDisabled usersen_US
dc.titlePublic Library Services for Wheelchair-Bound Young People in Singaporeen_US
dc.typeJournal Article (On-line/Unpaginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalLibresen_US
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