ERIC Number: ED025295
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Where the People Speak: The Role and Function of Rural Public Libraries in Northern New England. Final Report.
Educational Research and Services Corp., Bedford, NH.
The objective of this study was to define the attitudes of a representative sample of rural New England citizens concerning their town libraries in order to identify the motivational factors necessary for adequate rural library "se and support. Study data were collected mainly through personal interviews involving 749 representative respondents from nine small towns in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire, with questionnaires administered to households, library trustees, and librarians. This study report includes a review of published literature on rural libraries, a statement on research design, community portraits, descriptive and analytical statistics from the user survey, a discussion of the librarian and trustee interviews, an analysis of ten years of library support in one community, a review of rural library costs and financial support, conclusions based on an analysis of the survey, a review of trends in rural library service, and recommendations for improvement of town libraries. The study documents the reasons why rural New England citizens either use or reject the library, and it reveals an overall lack of fiscal and civic support for libraries, an absence of library leadership, and the fact that the majority of the libraries surveyed fall far short of meeting minimal standards. Appendixes include methodological observations and the research and survey instruments. (JB)
Descriptors: Community Attitudes, Community Characteristics, Community Support, Field Interviews, Financial Support, Librarians, Library Expenditures, Library Services, Library Standards, Library Surveys, Negative Attitudes, Public Libraries, Public Opinion, Reading Habits, Rural Areas, Trustees, Use Studies
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Educational Research and Services Corp., Bedford, NH.
Identifiers: Maine; New England; New Hampshire; Vermont