ERIC Number: ED098991
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-May-19
The Public Library and Advocacy; Information for Survival. Commissioned Papers Project, Teachers College, No. 5.
Owens, Major R.; Braverman, Miriam
Information can play a vital role in assisting inner city residents to cope with major survival problems. The provision of supportive information increases the effectiveness of all types of advocacy. The limited success achieved by recent library outreach programs in the inner city is partially due to the absence of a commitment to advocacy by the library profession and a lack of systems capable of supporting advocacy efforts. The improvement of information delivery services must begin with an understanding of the library as a subsystem within a larger overall services delivery system. Libraries must utilize systematic approaches to the identification of information needs and develop formal linkages with major information sources. To improve professional attitudes toward service and advocacy library education must be restructured, encouraging the librarian to practice as an information specialist and advocate. (Author/SL)
Descriptors: Advocacy, Citizen Participation, Community Information Services, Daily Living Skills, Delivery Systems, Disadvantaged, Information Dissemination, Information Needs, Information Networks, Information Services, Inner City, Librarians, Library Education, Library Role, Library Services, Models, Outreach Programs, Public Libraries, Systems Approach
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Postsecondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Library Programs.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers College.