ERIC Number: ED060912
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
A Strategy for Public Library Change: Proposed Public Library Goals--Feasibility Study.
Martin, Allie Beth
What is the state of the public library today and what should it be in the future? The need for answers to these questions is the reason for this study. Societal factors affecting the public library are studied. The report examines the development of the public library in the 20-year span since the "Public Library Inquiry" (1950-70), and describes its current status in terms of major strengths and weaknesses. A survey of librarians revealed the following goals for public libraries: (1) service for all; (2) to provide information services; (3) to further adult and continuing education; (4) collect and disseminate all kinds of material, including non-print resources; (5) support formal and informal education; and (6) serve as a cultural center. The study recommends a concentrated public relations program to make the public library more visible, and proposes a four-point plan of action. First, there should be a publication to direct widespread attention to the public library. Second, extensive research is required to provide knowledge for effective performance. Third, there must be dissemination of this research information to ensure development. Fourth, improved library education and continuing education for librarians is needed. (SJ)
Descriptors: Feasibility Studies, Library Planning, Library Role, Library Services, Library Surveys, Objectives, Public Libraries
Order Department, American Library Association, 50 East Huron St., Chicago, Ill. 60611 (HC $3.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; Council on Library Resources, Inc., Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Public Library Association, Chicago, IL.
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