ERIC Number: ED021588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Reference Count: 0
Progress and Problems of Pennsylvania Libraries; a Re-Survey. Appendix, a Study of Distance and Time as Factors Influencing the Use of District Center Libraries.
Shaughnessy, Thomas W.
In attempting to reappraise the role of Pennsylvania district center libraries, this field study focused on: the actual use made of the libraries, the effects of distance on use, and the relationship between use and the socioeconomic characteristics of library users. Methodology involved the study of 10 representative district library centers, with data collected by questionnaires administered to users over a 2 week period and a small number of interviews. Results of the study, confirming some of the assumptions underlying the district center concept and modifying others, showed that: (1) a center has significant impact over 20 miles or 45 minutes driving time, (2) strong libraries should be designated as sub-centers, (3) it is important to develop collections with depth, diversity and breadth, (4) maintenance of size standards for collections is also important, (5) related access factors like parking are important, (6) special programs to reach lower socioeconomic groups are needed, (7) an intensive publicity campaign is indicated, calling for better communication between local and district levels, and (8) the date collected illustrate the successful use of district enter libraries and confirm their importance. (JB)
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Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Library, Harrisburg.
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Note: A related document is LI000807, the re-survey of Pennsylvania public libraries.