ERIC Number: ED240189
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Needs Assessment Study of Library Information Service for Asian American Community Members in the United States.
Chang, Henry C.; Har-Nicolescu, Suzine
As part of a pilot project sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, the needs assessment study described in this report set out to determine (1) the library and information needs of Asian Americans, and how they differ from the needs of the majority population, (2) whether these needs are being met, and (3) how librarians are preparing for the anticipated growth of these needs. To gather data, questionnaires were distributed to public library systems throughout the nation. It was found that newly arrived Asian immigrants need information about the fundamentals of daily life in the United States. Once past that transitional stage, they need information that will help them stay in touch with their heritage. Over half of the librarians participating in the survey, however, provide no special services for Asian Americans. Those that do provide services do so in a limited fashion. On the basis of the findings, it is recommended that the library community increase its awareness of the special library needs of Asian Americans, and that libraries and funding agencies provide financial support to meet these needs. Appended to the report are a sample questionnaire and tabulated data from completed questionnaires. (CMG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A