ERIC Number: ED390412
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Reading Habits and Library Use at Westlake Village, Westlake, Ohio.
This study systematically examines the reading habits and in-house library use of a group of survey respondents in the Independent Living complex at a retirement community located in Westlake, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. The residents responded to an anonymous questionnaire requesting information about their reading habits and their preferences for various library services. Results were cross-tabulated with the respondents' age group, gender, living arrangement, highest level of education, and occupation. While the importance of reading was evident throughout all age groups, it peaked in the 80- to 89-year-old group, which was also the largest in number. Other findings include more interest in book talks among residents who live alone, more interest in audio books among women than men, and no particular relationship between occupation or educational level and time spent reading. The study has as its framework a discussion of literature on information sources and formats targeting the aging, library outreach programs for the aging, and physical, transportational, and sociotechnical obstacles to library patronage by the aging. A sample questionnaire is appended, and 18 tables illustrate the data. (Contains 30 references.) (BEW)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Ohio; Retirement Communities
Note: Master's Research Paper, Kent State University.