ERIC Number: ED368397
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Public Libraries Serving Communities: Education Is Job #1.
Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Office of Library Programs.
This pamphlet summarizes the results of a national survey funded by the U.S. Department of Education which asked Americans how they perceived the role of the public library in their lives. Those surveyed included a cross section of the national population, minority groups, and community opinion leaders. Most of those surveyed regard public libraries as a very important source of support for their community's educational aspirations. The lower the education and income level of the public, the higher they rate the educational importance of their public library. The roles rated "very important" by at least 50 percent of the sample were: educational support center for students of all ages (88 percent); learning center for adult independent learners (85 percent); discovery and learning center for preschool children (83 percent); research center for scholars and researchers (68 percent); center for community information (66 percent); information center for community business (55 percent); comfortable, quiet place to read, think, or work (52 percent); and recreational reading center of popular materials (51 percent). (JLB)
Descriptors: Library Research, Library Role, Library Services, National Surveys, Public Libraries, Public Opinion, Social Attitudes, Users (Information)
Library Programs, Attn: Dept. #1, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Room 402, Washington, DC 20208-5571 (25 copies free for libraries).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Office of Library Programs.
Identifiers: Library Research and Demonstration Program
Note: For the complete survey, see ED 363 358.