ERIC Number: ED086185
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Oct-1
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"Have You Watched A Book Today?" An Experimental Project of The Public Television Library. First Quarter Report.
Public Television Library, Washington, DC.
An experimental project--Watch A Book--is being conducted to determine if public television (PTV) programs can be used in a video cassette format by individual viewers in a public library setting. The Public Television Library (PTL), the national center for the exchange of public television programs between PTV stations, has provided libraries in Bloomington, Indiana; Jackson, Mississippi; and Norfolk, Virginia with 150 half-hour units of PTV programing on video cassettes. Video cassette machines have been installed in the libraries, and records are being kept of all phases of the operation. Data collected during the first quarter reveal the following trends: 1) Watch A Book patrons tend to be middle class users already familiar with the library; 2) user response is favorable and equipment use is from 75% to 90% of capacity; 3) the largest group of users are from 17 to 30 years of age, followed by those in the 7-12 age bracket; and 4) cooperation between PTV stations and participating libraries is high. Thus, early indications are that a new avenue for public service can be established by making PTV programs available in public libraries. (LB)
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Sponsor: Indiana Univ. Foundation, Bloomington.
Authoring Institution: Public Television Library, Washington, DC.