ERIC Number: ED048902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Floating Librarians in the Community.
Penland, Patrick R., Ed.
One of the weakest areas of professional preparation and professional in-service training and development is that of community development education. Each year, many professionally trained recruits go into the field of library service with only the most rudimentary notion of, and training for community, group, and power-structure analyses. Library educational services, historically, have given little formal attention to any training for the "floating" community librarian nor to developing the ability to use the methods of community development education for the broad informational and educational purposes of actual and potential patrons in the community neighborhoods. Four models of community communication services are the "outreach project" for reaching users outside of the main building, community involvement, community work beyond regular library hours and the role of the independent information specialist who works outside of the confines of institutional support. The role of the professional person is to stimulate the articulation of community needs and interests and involve citizens in decision-making processes, for which a major method is provided. The appendix contains a number of measurements and a bibliography of pertinent references. (AB)
Descriptors: Community Responsibility, Community Role, Librarians, Libraries, Library Education, Library Services, Models
Bookstore, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15213 ($2.50)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences.
Note: Papers presented at The Institute on the Floating Librarian in the Emerging Community, held July 13-31, 1970 at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Pittsburgh