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Capturing Citizens’ Information Needs through Analysis of Public Library Circulation Data

Tomoya Igarashi, Masanori Koizumi and Michael Widdersheim
From the journal Libri

Abstract

The Japanese government has initiated lifelong learning policies to promote lifelong learning to a super-aging society. It is said that lifelong learning contributes to a richer and more fulfilling life. It is within this context that public libraries have been identified as ideal facilities for promoting lifelong learning. To support lifelong learning successfully, libraries must accurately grasp citizens’ needs, all while working within limited budgets. To understand citizens’ learning needs, this study uses public library circulation data. This study is significant because such data use is often unavailable in Japan. This data was used to clarify citizens’ learning interests. Circulation data was compared from two libraries in Japan: Koto District Library in Tokyo and Tahara City Library in Aichi Prefecture. The data was used to identify general learning needs while also accounting for regional differences. The methodology and results of this research are significant for the development of lifelong learning policy and programming.

Acknowledgements

We are grateful to librarians of Koto city library and Tahara city library for their generous cooperation and thoughtful assistance. This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 16K16161.

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Received: 2018-10-15
Accepted: 2019-02-17
Published Online: 2020-06-06
Published in Print: 2020-05-26

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