Bibliotherapy in the Malaysian Public Libraries: A Conceptual Framework


The formation of an information society is for the development of society and it is a ticket to face the challenge especially in social, cultural and economic. While information literacy is a prerequisite to role in the formation of knowledge society and it is an element of a basic human needs of lifelong learning. Key for success is reading and it is not just in schools but throughout life. Through reading, we acquire new ideas and knowledge. Poor reading may cause problems for living, working and survival in general. Despite living in the age of technological advancement, reading continues to be a challenge for the knowledge society. Lack of knowledge and information children tend to involve in many problems. Bibliotherapy involves books to help children cope with early access to their lifelong learning and proper development in the learning process. By adopting a qualitative case study approach, this study intends to provide in-depth interpretations of the real-life context about the adoption of bibliotherapy in a public library. This paper attempts to provide a conceptual understanding of the adoption of bibliotherapy in context of public libraries in nurturing reading habits. The proposed framework is appropriate to be studied as guidance in the context of public libraries in Malaysia.

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Haslinda Husaini, MARA University of Technology, Malaysia
Siti Arpah Noordin, MARA University of Technology, Malaysia
Shamila Mohamed Shuhidan, MARA University of Technology, Malaysia

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Conference: LibrAsia2015
Stream: Literature - Children’s and Young Adult Literature

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