ERIC Number: ED241047
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Report of an Adult Patron Survey in a Sample of Illinois Public Libraries in Spring 1983 and Subject Index to Illinois Library Statistical Report, Nos. 1-12.
Goldhor, Herbert; Jocius, Christopher R.
A survey was conducted of adult patrons leaving 70 Illinois public libraries on 1 day in April 1983 to determine patrons' success in using the library that day, their level of library usage in the past year, and what changes, if any, they would like to see in their local libraries. Responses were received from 62 (89%) of the libraries in the sample. Based on a weighted analysis of responses to determine a statewide estimate, it was found that 79% of the adults located what they wanted in the library on the day of the survey; that the next thing patrons reported they would do to locate material or information they wanted but did not find was to try another library (27%), try the same library again (51%), or try some other means (22%); and that while 36% of those surveyed requested no changes in their local libraries, the most desired change requested by other respondents was more or different books and periodicals. This publication describes survey methodology and results. Bar charts show responses by level of library usage and age of respondents, while tables present the distribution of responses by geographical area and community population size, whether patrons found what they wanted and their level of library usage, and the sex and age of the respondents. A sample questionnaire and a subject index to the first 12 Illinois Library Statistical Reports conclude the publication. (ESR)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Library, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
Identifiers: Illinois; Library Users; User Preferences