ERIC Number: ED116629
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
The Information Needs of Urban Residents: A Strategy for Public Library Change. Narrative Evaluation Report on the Institute for Advanced Study for Librarians.
An institute designed to prepare 25 public librarians (from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington) for roles as change agents was held in the state of Washington in February 1975. The institute was organized around experiential exercises designed to teach librarians to observe and diagnose communication situations and to use various communications tactics. Participants also learned about communication and change processes from the behavioral sciences, and were exposed to the general topics of perception, language, meaning, development of understanding, conflict resolution, consensus achievement, communications relationships, implementing change, and planning for change in public libraries. Finally, the participants were given tools for teaching what they had learned when they returned to their communities. Outside evaluators prepared two narrative evaluations of the institute, and quantitative evaluations were made at the midpoint and end of the institute by administering questionnaires to participants. All were generally favorable. Appendixes contain institute documents, letters, and brochures, as well as a biographic information about the participants. (LS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Libraries and Educational Technology (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. School of Librarianship.
Note: February 9-14, 1975