ERIC Number: ED032079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
Reference Count: 0
Library Neighborhood Center. First Annual Report, July 14, 1964-June 30, 1965.
New Haven Free Public Library, CT.
The Library Neighborhood Center is an experimental demonstration project designed to explore new ways of bringing books and their contents to bear upon individual and community needs. It is operated by the City of New Haven through its Free Public Library and was created in July, 1964 by moving the Scranton branch to rented store front space on Chapel Street. The area served by the Center includes 18,000 to 20,000 persons of varied cultural and ethnic backgrounds. This report describes activities and programs, collections, facilities, and staffing of the Center in its first year. Planning in conjunction with other community organizations is discussed. Among the conclusions about the projects' first year are that (1) the Center can be a change-agent in the community, (2) it would be more effective to plan fewer programs, (3) responsibilities for programs must be clearly allocated, (4) more staff orientation sessions and materials are necessary, (5) some limits on behavior in the Center are necessary, (6) acceptance of the Center by the community has been slow and continued efforts must be made to become part of the life there, and (7) well designed evaluative techniques are necessary. (Author/CC)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Haven Free Public Library, CT.
Note: Related documents are LI 001 561 and LI 001 563.