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More Importance of Periodicals in School Library – An Idea

Posted by Suresh Limbachiya on 26/01/2010


Every school library needs a healthy, colourful and knowledgeable periodicals, it is not always clear that, which titles are essential and which are not. Librarians are in an ideal position to make this assessment but they too have not always agreed. As new members saw the list for the first time they too suggested for additional periodicals. Order all the periodicals you need, including directories and other continuations, from one reliable source School librarians deal with varied and complex issues every day … and providing access to the materials needed by students and teachers in this rapidly changing, information-based society. The early 20th century saw new styles of informative magazine such as Beyond Books which included edited versions of articles and stories, and much later packaged these as part of a marketing operation that included record and book clubs.

Definition of Periodicals

 The definition of periodicals means “A periodical publication containing articles by various writers –  a periodical publication intended for general rather than learned or professional readers, and consisting of a miscellany of critical and descriptive articles, essays, works of fiction, etc by Oxford English Dictionary

Product consisting of a paperback periodic publication as a physical object; “tripped over a pile of magazines”

A magazine is a periodical publication containing a variety of articles, generally financed by advertising, purchased by readers, or both. By wikipedia.

Information regarding periodicals, including a definition, examples, and advantages to using periodicals for research and reference.

History of Periodicals

The publication of periodicals are various forms of picture books, songs, news and calendars, was common place throughout the 18th century. However, the term magazine is generally acknowledged to have come into usage with the publication in the 1730s of the Gentleman’s Magazine by Edward Cave. Its aim was to entertain with stories of crime and romance. The early magazines did not confine themselves to leisure interests but were often political or religious in content.  

Periodicals in 20th centaury

The early 20th century had seen new styles of magazine, which included edited versions of information. The end of the Second World War saw a further expansion of the periodicals status and comparative role. New titles emerged to satisfy the needs of increasingly affluent consumers who now had business and technical interests as well as expanding leisure pursuits.

Periodicals in School library

All periodicals are printed with latest knowledge. It is very closely related with school and students. Subject teachers have suggested   to students for more information related to it own subject to find out from related periodicals. Children’s level periodicals mostly kept in the school library   for   use. There are pre primary, primary and secondary school levels magazines. Most importance of magazines is to provide latest knowledge related to subject those who taught in classes. . So that most importance of magazines are for school library for access   latest information

Type of periodicals

Now days   there are various types of magazine are available in the market but which one is most useful and important for us. Particular schools children are more and more go to library and refer the magazine therefore colourful magazine are important in school. The full text for many periodicals is available for school level. Students read more and more and update own knowledge through periodical is must.

Children magazines are more required for school library. Today mostly students define its goal through magazines. They choose themselves that, what do   they become?General knowledge, science and technology, language as well as particular periodicals are subscribed on library. And give more priority to level of students as we as related to curriculums. If subject teacher are refer particular magazine for particular lesson and children come in library and refer same magazine therefore give more advantage to curriculums, students and knowledge.

Relation between periodicals &  school syllabus

The fact that magazines are delivered to library month makes them perfect for unit study work in school. Among those schools who use the unit study method of education as well as syllabus. They units often last one month. Adding in other resources from the periodicals. Library sites are a great way to enforce the lessons taught in the magazine. For example: In class 3rd, there are lesson about Rani Laxmibai, Teacher also indicates to students to refer magazine as Bal Bharti , teachers suggest students to go to  library and read more about Rani Laxmibai. So first it is gate way open for students and get latest knowledge about particular topic which is in indicate by subject teacher. Relation between magazine and school curricular is must so that periodicals are very useful source for students. Particular use of magazine is most importance so that make aware to all students for related magazines

Periodicals on Web

 21st centaury is fully called centaury of computer. So that’s advantage of computer is very helpful to us. Today on web there are so many periodicals and magazines are freely accessible. i.e., etc. Those open access periodicals are very useful to alls, because it’s totally free access, which have net provision.

Online reading magazines and downloadable magazine are category for periodicals. Online periodical provide better and immediate information based knowledge some same information are not rightly truly but we can believe them. Web based information indicate more and more reference sources.

Recently I have best experience about web based information, we are  searching  about Swami Dayanand , there are so many site file find out by Google, but there are 20 % sites have  provided wrong information about birth palace of swami Dayanand Saraswati. Means, free information some times give wrong direction.

Increase of knowledge through periodicals

What readers bring to the printed page affects their knowledge.  Some insists that, the prior knowledge of readers is the single most important component in the reading process.

  1. Brainstorming.
  2. Hand made magazine.
  3. Picture cutting activities.
  4. Search information.
  5. Index Making.

During the period, teachers ask students to examine together the title of the selection they are about to read.  The teacher lists on the board all the information that comes to mind as students read the periodicals. These pieces of information are then used to further recall, and in the process considerable knowledge will be activated.

Use of periodicals

When students have a purpose for reading periodicals, they find that purpose not only directs their reading towards a goal, but helps to focus their attention and knowledge based information.  Purposes may come from teacher directed questions, questions from class discussions or brainstorming, or from the individual student.  Along with the question, it is a good idea to pose predictions of the outcome and problems which need to be solved from the reading of magazines.  These may be generated by the student or the teacher, but the teacher should use these to guide students in the needed direction for the assigned and increase interest for selection of magazines. Provide current, accurate, authoritative information often before it appears in book form and excellent source for syllabus. Present information in an accessible and appealing format, may be accessible through a print, electronic or online indexing service.


Library activity through Periodicals

Build on What They Already Know: Question students as to what they already know regarding the assigned selection.  Expand on the terms and information they already understood.  Elicit a large number of associations from the students to the prior knowledge they already possess and help them to see the connections. Increase Background Information: Increase the amount of background information by providing more in-depth ideas regarding the topic.  This will help the students understand the selection at a higher level.   Real-Life Experiences: Actual experience, Think critically – ask questions. Are ideas and examples clear? Could you explain it to others? Understand the concepts in headings, sub headings, figures, titles etc.


The school library is a provider of information resources selected to meet the curriculum and information needs of the school. Periodicals include all publications issued at regular intervals such as magazines, journals and newspapers, and are an essential component of a school library collection.  They are relevant to curriculum topics, are a valuable resource for students’ recreational reading, and provide professional reading for teachers. (Published in “Teachers Net” Magazine)



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