ERIC Number: ED158752
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Community Analysis for Responsive Library Service.
Chamberlain, William R.
This study is an analysis and synthesis of information available about Williamsburg, Virginia and the Williamsburg Public Library to determine the library's relationship to the community it serves and evaluate the services it provides. Data were collected using the techniques taught in seminars presented by the Community Analysis Research Institute of the University of Denver. Presented in five chapters, Chapter 1 enumerates the major finds of the study. Chapter 2 provides an overview of Williamsburg's history and profiles the community's population and educational characteristics; organizations, groups, and agencies; employment patterns by major occupational and industrial groups; income; and future growth trends. Chapter 3 discusses the public library's history, governance structure, financial base, and facilities, and assesses the collection with data obtained from random sampling. The library's hours of service, registration, and users are discussed in Chapter 4. Implications of the study that should influence library planning in the future conclude the report. Williamsburg can be characterized as conservative and rural, with the population falling into groups characterized by "extremes." Findings indicate that the use of the library is spread over the residents of the total county, there is a need for a detailed selection policy, and the library should have more contact with the community's organizations and agencies. The study is supported by numerous tables and area maps are appended. (JPF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Appendix A-B (maps) may be marginally legible