ERIC Number: ED021580
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Reference Count: 0
The Public Library and Its Community; a Study of the Impact of Library Services in Five Pennsylvania Cities.
Monat, William R; And Others
This study analyzes the impact of library services in five medium-sized communities with differing geographic, economic, and social characteristics and determines the place of the public library within the pattern of city governmental services. Methods used for the study include interviews with community leaders, library trustees, librarians, and a cross section of residents and questionnaire mailed to library card holders. It was found that the library's public still comes from the most literate and influential segment of the community; users are pleased with present services; opposition to library service is not apparent; the library is not yet regarded as part of the local public service system; there is movement toward the library system concept; the professional librarian is the main force for librar change; and none of the programs studied contain a full range of expanded library services. Recommendations for improvement emphasize: (1) regional library systems, (2) the librarian actively entering the political process and enlarging the community served by reaching non-users, and (3) the public library becoming an information center to serve public agencies, business, and industry. (JB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Library, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Inst. of Public Administration.