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An examination of world history reveals that children began to appear as a “figure” in literature, history, art and, in short, all things pertaining to life between the 17th-20th centuries. Whilst at the beginning of the 20th century childhood was not considered research worthy and was just viewed as a natural phase, the opposite can be said to be true towards the end of the 20th century. Especially over the last 30 years, the subject of the “child” became to be regarded as research worthy and studies on such topics as reading habits, books and libraries began to gain momentum.

Bearing in mind the role of children and young people in sustainable development, ensuring their healthy development and maximising their potential can be viewed as the foundations for the sustainability of development. It is precisely for this reason that from the birth of a child onwards, its curiosity for new things should be stimulated, the child should be encouraged to ask questions and should be given preliminary information on subjects they find interesting, and fostering the imagination should be encouraged. In order for support at the above level to be provided, it is critical that children and families are introduced to libraries.

Topics such as accessing information worldwide, information literacy and lifelong learning have become priorities for societies. This is why educational activities should not be restricted to formal education taught in schools. However, including the preschool period, every child does not possess access to equal opportunities and possibilities. Therefore, there is also a need for education providers as well as educational institutions, and it is at this juncture that a great burden of responsibility falls to libraries. Libraries provide an excellent opportunity to create a unique space and programmes for children from different socio-economic backgrounds through access to them, thereby equalising academic development indicators and reducing structural vulnerabilities.

The aim of the symposium, which will take place in the magical surroundings of Cappadocia, Turkey, is to debate the prerequisites needed to ensure that the quality and standing of children’s libraries is increased through creating an environment for academics and practitioners the world over, who work in related fields, to interact to share their knowledge and experiences with organisations and institutions. Within the above framework, the topic headings of the First International Children’s Libraries Symposium are as follows:

CHILDREN’S LIBRARIES AS A SPACE

  • The role of children’s libraries in the city
  • The architectural characteristics of children’s libraries
  • Interior design in children’s libraries

THE USE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES IN CHILDREN’S LIBRARIES

  • Children’s Libraries as technology access centres
  • The effect of changing learning and play types on children’s libraries
  • The use of information technologies
  • The Maker Space movement
  • Social networks and Reading Incentive Programmes

THE ROLE OF CHILDREN’S LIBRARIES IN THE PRE-SCHOOL PERIOD

  • Ensuring the provision of materials to children, parents, childminders and others who work with children
  • Creative activities and drama performances
  • The relationship between child and book and introducing the concept of the library to children
  • Ensuring family participation
  • Characteristics of the physical space allocated to pre-school period children in children’s libraries
  • Children’s libraries and games

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHILDREN’S LIBRARIES, FAMILIES AND SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT

  • Communication skills of those working in children’s libraries
  • The pedagogical proficiency of libraries
  • Who should be employed in children’s libraries?
  • National and International collaboration in children’s libraries (local government, publishers, universities etc.) 

THE PROVISION OF HIGH QUALITY SERVICE IN CHILDREN’S LIBRARIES 

  • Efforts to convert families into library users
  • Mission of children’s libraries to provide training and educate families
  • Provision of various activities for children, parents and childminders
  • Easing the societal adjustment process for disadvantaged families
  • Mission of children’s libraries to undertake collaboration with local communities
  • Mission of children’s libraries to eradicate inequality of opportunity
  • Provision of excellent service in children’s libraries
  • Multiculturalism and Library services

CREATING HIGH QUALITY COLLECTIONS IN CHILDREN’S LIBRARIES 

  • Decision making processes in relation to selecting children’s publications for children’s libraries
  • Utilising children’s libraries in the child’s developmental process
  • Utilising children’s libraries for process of acquiring children’s reading habits
  • Appropriate content specifications for children’s publications
  • Appropriate material and selection criteria for children’s libraries

INFORMATION LITERACY IN CHILDREN’S LIBRARIES (LIFELONG LEARNING)

  • Information literacy competencies for children in an information society
  • The scope of teaching children information literacy
  • Information Literacy Programmes and children’s libraries
  • Tools and methods used in information literacy education.