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ERIC Number: ED156138
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Pages: 178
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An Analysis of Arlington, Massachusetts and Its Robbins Library.
Fish, James H.; And Others
A community analysis study of Arlington, Massachusetts was undertaken to evaluate Robbins Library's activities and services and provide a base for developing short and long range goals and objectives responsive to community needs. Data was derived primarily from 1970 census data and various reports or studies compiled by the library and other governmental agencies. Presented in five chapters, Chapter I provides an introduction, purpose and scope of study, and methodology employed in gathering data. Chapter II analyzes and discusses the physical and demographic characteristics of Arlington--its size, origin, governmental structure, economic/commercial establishments, educational and cultural institutions, and census tract profiles. Chapter III analyzes the library system's resources, collections, policies and procedures, personnel policies and practices, salaries, tax base, and book expenditures. Chapter IV identifies, describes, and analyzes the library's information and technical services; borrowers' characteristics by age and sex; and circulation by census tract, age, and sex. Conclusions and a list of 33 recommendations are presented in Chapter V. Evidence gathered from the study supports the need for a substantial addition to the main library, a book security system, a massive initial and continuous weeding program, more programming and special services, and a more active public relations program. (JPF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts