People are interested in how to deal with their own mental/psychological problems rooting from their everyday lives. Many therapies and methods to address these problems include self-help ones. For this research project, the researchers particularly paid attention to bibliotherapy that general public can use books as a tool to address their own problems. This research project focuses on developing a bibliographic database that people can use to select books for bibliotherapy practice. The database is designed to use individuals’ situations and symptoms for search in order for them to find appropriate books accordingly. The database includes books written and published in seven different languages(Korean, Chinese, Japanese, English, French, German, and Spanish). The database has the following contributions. (1) Providing books in seven different languages(Korean, Chinese, Japanese, English, French, German, and Spanish): The database includes bibliographic information of 1,805 books that are collected for bibliotherapy research and practice. Bibliotherapy experts including researchers and practitioners as well as general public can search the database using different access points such as a type of language used, keywords, etc. and use the books for bibliotherapy research and practice. (2) Providing annotated bibliographies generated by language experts and therapy experts: The experts in seven languages and in therapy in the field of psychology and child/family studies read the books and articles and wrote the annotations. The users of the database can utilize the annotations as they decide what to use among the books and articles for their own bibliotherapy practice. (3) Providing different access points for search: For the easiness and precision for searching the books and articles in the database, the researchers tried to provide multiple access points that people in different needs can use for searching. First, the researchers developed a thesaurus for a bibliotherapy database so that the relationships between and among the keywords in the thesaurus could be utilized in searching. The keywords included in the thesaurus focused on individuals’ situations and symptoms. Other access points include basic bibliographic information such as keywords in titles, authors, publishing years as well as target user groups and written languages.
[Scholarly Contribution] (1) Promoting research on the books for bibliotherapy practice - Library and Information Science as a discipline has a long history of establishing the criteria on evaluation and selection of the good books and other materials for users. However, we do not have good understanding of how to evaluate and select books used for bibliotherapy practice. Our database can provide a starting point for further studies on the books for bibliotherapy. (2) Promoting interdisciplinary research on bibliotherapy practice - Further studies on bibliotherapy can model the collaborative framework that this research project used among disciplines such as library and information science, clinical psychology, child & family counseling, and language and literature, [Social · Educational Contribution] (1) Promoting awareness of bibliotherapy and its tool - General public can be introduced to bibliotherapy by accessing tools and guides for bibliotherapy that are easily available in their environments. Particularly, schools, libraries, counseling centers, welfare service centers in public sectors can easily develop and provide the bibliotherapy programs when they can use the database this research project developed as a tool. (2) Implementing bibliotherapy programs in Schools - Elementary and secondary schools can develop and provide bibliotherapy programs for counseling services and/or extra-curricula activities programs. Schools can host the database in their school libraries and school librarians can collaborate school counselors to provide bibliotherapy programs for students involved in such issues as bullying, violence, etc. (3) Implementing bibliotherapy programs in clinical practice - The database can be used as a tool for educational programs in psychiatric and clinical practice. Patients and families of patients need education with good information. Since the database contains books that are useful for many different situations and contexts, it will help those who are interested in any patients related educational programs. [Relationship with Education and Training experts] - Training bibliotherapy experts is one of the areas that needs a strong interdisciplinary effort. This research project particularly provided a model to train experts on different aspects that need for developing a tool for bibliotherapy: marking bibliographic data for bibliotherapy books, developing thesaurus for the databases containing bibliotherapy books, and selecting bibliotherapy books. This research project will facilitate the research developing tools for bibliotherapy research and practice.