ERIC Number: ED086427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Oct-31
Reference Count: 0
Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Powerlessness: The Need for a Survival Information Center.
Zonligt, Martin J.
A survey of rural areas in California, Oregon, Washington State, Idaho, and south Texas, this study investigated the lack and need of library and other information services for migrants and seasonal farmworkers. Research concentrated on community and library based information services. The overall recommendation of the document was that Survival Information Centers (SICs) be established in all major rural communities with larger farmworker populations. To effectively meet community needs, these centers must be independent of growers, and must be guided by the farmworkers themselves. The document also presented the migrants' perspective of existing libraries and their need for usually unavailable immediate and frequently bilingual information. An investigation of libraries' perspectives of services they offer revealed that services directed specifically toward migrants is almost nonexistent. Generally, information needs are filled by the crew boss, work contractor, or union. General library priorities for establishing SICs are given, along with a model. Evaluaton criteria for SICs listed the primary goal as that of developing an awareness and a concurrently increasing demand for information within the community. (KM)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Bookmobiles, Communication (Thought Transfer), Community Leaders, Culture, Extension Education, Foreign Language Books, Information Centers, Migrant Children, Migrant Workers, Minority Groups, Needs, Role Perception, Rural Areas, Seasonal Laborers, Self Concept, Social Services, Spanish Speaking, Special Libraries, Use Studies
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Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council on Library Resources, Inc., Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document