Iranak is a division (subsection, branch) of the Institute for Research on the History of Children’s Literature in Iran. It was launched in 2006 and entitled the Database for Children’s Literature and Culture in Iran. The aims and prospects of this virtual institution were revised after a period of outcome evaluation and thus from 2011, Iranak was divided into two sections: the database and a virtual museum. The aim of this separation was for each section to serve as the complementary feature of the other in order to better display the world of childhood.
Additionally, the Iranak database has been established with the aim of assisting researchers, students, professors, writers, illustrators, librarians and all those who are involved, interested and in need of such data on children’s literate and culture.
The virtual museum of Iranak aims at providing a bridge between our childhood heritage, the cultural community and those interested in the world of childhood. The museum display will assist interested communities in both developing an understanding for the value of sources, documents and the cultural and biological experiences of this age group and also in better maintenance of such sources and documents or in their donation to professional institutions such as the Institute for Research on the History of Children’s Literature in Iran. In addition to studies and research, the Institute will also provide a safe place for the maintenance of such donations.
The Institute’s many years of experience in the compilation of data, documents and sources demonstrates the broad scope of research and focus on children and youth. Children’s lives cover several areas such as health, education, rights, work, art and culture, clothes, games, entertainment and many other fields. In each field, hundreds and at times thousands of documents can be found that come into use once the relevant information processing measures have been completed. Raw data is processed, edited and then placed in relevant sections, i.e. the data base or the virtual museum, for the use of researchers. Quick and easy access to comprehensive information about the culture of childhood in Iran is not only beneficial for Iranian researchers but will also be useful to researchers from other countries in their comparative studies with historical and global perspectives.
The data covers a wide range of themes and topics in two sections and from two standpoints: “about children and youth” and “for children and youth”. The age group is 0-16. The topics include: history of children and youth literature, oral literature (legends, lullabies and fairy tales), written literature, character analysis of children’s literature, world literature for children and youth, Iranian literature for children and youth, cultural centres for children and dependent fields such as education, health and medicine, games and toys, child rights, printing and publishing, biographies, information centres, education centres and children’s tools.
From Ancient Iran to 1979
Iranak’s primary language is Persian. Some sections in the database and the virtual museum are also available in English and shall be gradually added to relevant fields. Additionally, in Iranak all subject keywords are available in both Persian and English.
- Farzaneh Taheri
- Mehrdad Yazdian
- Maryam Akhgari
- Leila Kaffash Zadeh
- Hedieh Masud Ansari
- Mehrdad Mohammadi
The core of this database rests on compiled data for reference books on “History of Children’s Literature in Iran”. On November 12th 2006, this database was launched with a total of 13 thousand data records. After 5 years, the database was fully revised; earlier shortcomings were resolved and new data was added for the use of researchers and those interested in children’s language and culture in Iran. The structure of the database has been designed in such way that researches have direct access to descriptive information, abstracts and images in need. In certain cases, full copies of documents will also be introduced.
Database Main Sections:
All data are compiled from different sources based on subject matter and date and are categorized in different sections based on the information they provide.
- Reports and Brochures/Pamphlets
- Child Rights
- Audio Materials
- Awards in Literature and Arts
- Conferences, Festivals, Exhibitions
Throughout the years and with the help of supporters and admirers of childhood culture, the Institute for Research on the History of Children’s Literature has been able to collect a great number of children’s toys, educational tools and cultural materials with the aim of establishing a museum of childhood culture. In 2010 and after a period of 10 years, efforts towards this aim were realized with preparations for the launch of a virtual museum that not only provided a linkage with communities interested in childhood culture but also stood as a an additional steo toward the establishment of an actual museum of childhood in Iran. To this end, full certificates have been provided for all existing documents and materials within the virtual museum, all of which are on display for public view. It is hoped that the value of these collections shall be understood. It is also hoped that those who believe in the need for better maintenance of such collections will join hands with us so that with our unity and in the very near future, a museum of childhood can be established in Iran.
Virtual Museum’s Main Sections
- Toy Vehicles
- Action Figure Toys
- Educational Toys
- Doll Houses
- Interactive Toys ( Visual)
- Interactive Toys ( Musical)
- Traditional Toys
- Handmade Toys / Toys Made by People ( Folk Toys)
- National Toys / Toys of Nations
- Other Toys
- National Costume Dolls / Dolls of Nations
- Stuffed Animals
- Dolls made by People (Folk Dolls)
- Student Tools
- Facilities for Educational Institutions
- Educational and Supplementary Tools
- Seals and Logos
- Arts and Crafts
- Children’s Tools
- Musical Instruments