ERIC Number: ED046430
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
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The Role of the Public Library in Maine: Consumer Needs and Attitudes Towards Public Libraries in Maine.
Little (Arthur D.), Inc., Cambridge, MA.
To assist the Governor's Task Force to study library services in Maine, Arthur D. Little, Inc. was retained to identify the attitudes of the general public toward libraries and how these attitudes affect library use. A series of four panel discussions was conducted; a survey of the general public was made; data was orally presented; and a workshop session with the Task Force was held to aid them in drawing action-oriented alternatives based on the findings. The twenty-six communities surveyed represent four categories: (1) those over 10,000 population, (2) those between 2,500 and 10,000 population, (3) those under 2,500 population, and (4) those served by bookmobile. Two scales were generated: an attitude scale and a readership scale. Librarians in each community surveyed were sent a brief questionnaire so that the respondents' replies could be compared to those of the librarians. Appendix B contains a sample of each questionnaire used. The tables and materials presented orally on August 6 were the highlights from the data generated in the survey and are included in this report in expanded form. The body of this report focuses exclusively on the survey data, and is organized in five sections: Backgrounds, Methodology, Conclusions, Implications, and Summary of Findings. (Author/NH)
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Authoring Institution: Little (Arthur D.), Inc., Cambridge, MA.