ERIC Number: ED390415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Public Library Services to Older Adults in Northeastern Ohio.
Hartman, Rachael A.
This survey investigated the services offered to older adults by public libraries in northeastern Ohio. Questionnaires were mailed to 120 public libraries in that region, and 80 (66.6%) of them were returned. The responding libraries were divided into three categories based on the size of their service population: (1) over 50,000 people (16.3%); (2) 20,000 to 50,000 people (31.2%); and (3) under 20,000 people (52.5%). Data is provided regarding services such as large-print collections, telecommunications devices for the deaf (TDDs), books-on-tape, home delivery, special periodicals targeting older adults, magnifiers, deposit collections in nursing homes, and fine-free library cards for seniors. Results indicate that libraries in northeastern Ohio are doing fairly well at offering services that have been around for awhile: large-print materials, books-on-tape, and delivery services. Newer services, however, need improvement: TDDs, special programming, and the provision of older adult services librarians/staff. Ten figures illustrate the data, and the survey cover letter and a blank survey form are appended. (Contains 13 references.) (BEW)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Home Delivery Services; Ohio; Special Collections (Library); Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf
Note: Master's Research Paper, Kent State University.