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ERIC Number: ED019093
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Oct
Pages: 65
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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NEIGHBORHOOD LIBRARY CENTERS AND SERVICES, A STUDY OF THE NATIONAL BOOK COMMITTEE FOR THE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY.
National Book Committee, Inc., New York, NY.
THE SPECIAL, INNOVATIVE SERVICES EXTENDED BY PUBLIC LIBRARIES TO POVERTY-STRICKEN NEIGHBORHOODS ARE ANALYZED IN THIS STUDY, BASED ON FIELD INVESTIGATIONS BY SURVEYORS FROM THE LIBRARY FIELD AS WELL AS AN EXAMINATION OF PROJECT PROPOSALS, REPORTS OF RESEARCH, AND LITERATURE ON THE SUBJECT. THE UNDERLYING PHILOSOPHY AND APPROACHES BEHIND LIBRARY-RELATED PROJECTS FOR THE DEPRIVED ARE REVIEWED, AND TEN PROGRAMS ARE DESCRIBED ALONG WITH ANALYSES OF THEIR OPERATIONS. THE STUDY FOUND THAT--(1) MOST LIBRARY-RELATED SERVICES TO POVERTY AREAS ARE CARRIED OUT UNILATERALLY BY LIBRARIES WITH LIBRARY SERVICES AND CONSTRUCTION ACT FUNDING, BECAUSE FEW COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCIES REALIZE THAT THE LIBRARY CAN BE A VEHICLE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE, (2) IN CONDUCTING A NEIGHBORHOOD PROJECT, BARRIERS TO USE ARE CONSIDERED, TRADITIONAL PROCEDURES ARE WAIVED, PROGRAMS ARE GEARED TO SUPPLEMENT OTHER AGENCIES, NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENTS ARE CONSULTED AND PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IS A KEY FACTOR, (3) THE CENTERS USE NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENTS AND PROVIDE IN-TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES, (4) MULTI-MEDIA MATERIALS ARE USED, AND (5) EFFECTIVE URBAN CENTERS HAVE "STOREFRONT" SPACE AND SERVE A THREE TO EIGHT BLOCK AREA, THE STUDY'S INVESTIGATORS AND ADVISORY COMMITTEE RECOMMEND A THREE PHASE NATIONAL PLAN FOR LIBRARY-RELATED, MULTI-MEDIA CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD CENTERS, TO BE INAUGURATED BY THE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY. A MODEL FOR SUCH A CENTER IS INCLUDED AND THE EXTENSION OF THESE SERVICES BY EXISTING LIBRARY SYSTEMS IS ALSO RECOMMENDED. (JB)
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Authoring Institution: National Book Committee, Inc., New York, NY.
Identifiers: LIBRARY SERVICES AND CONSTRUCTION ACT; OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY