ERIC Number: ED097863
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Investigation of Effectiveness in a Library (Preliminary Report of a Longitudinal Investigation).
The basic question under study was whether, or to what extent, the regular use of a library induces a modification in the user's structure of tastes and activities. In the spring of 1972, detailed interviews were conducted with 400 library users and 200 matched nonusers in two middle sized Hungarian towns. Interviewees were asked to evaluate, on a scale of 1 to 5, the attractiveness of 16 leisure or cultural activities and 11 kinds of television programs, first to themselves and second to the general population. The same people were revisited in 1974, and, by the reuse of the original research instruments, judgements were made as to the presupposed changes in favor of the library users, in the rise of their cultural demands to a higher level. The results, showing the varieties of values between users and nonusers, plus individual changes over two years, indicate a greater achievement motivation among users. Since such motivation is developed in early childhood, it is recommended that attention be focused on providing children with improved library services and with stimulating role models. (SL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Szechenyi Library, Budapest (Hungary).
Identifiers - Location: Hungary