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ERIC Number: ED168512
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 109
Abstractor: N/A
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Library Use and Information Needs in the City of Ringwood.
Williamson, Kirsty
This study examining public library use focuses on users and non-users and their information needs and sources for everyday living. Responses to a questionnaire completed by 105 male and 106 female residents of Ringwood, a Melbourne suburb, indicate that membership of the community public library was well above the Australian and overseas average. Respondents with higher secondary or tertiary education, and those in professional and managerial positions, were more likely to be users. Reasons for library use reflected the traditional image of the library. Reasons for non-use related more to personal factors than to dissatisfaction with or hostility to the library. Education and library use appeared to have some relation to information subjects considered important, with the library not seen as an important source of information for most areas of everyday living. Popular information sources were media, the city council, government departments, and professionals. There was overwhelming support for the concept of one center to supply all kinds of information. Most people felt the library could better publicize its services. Implications for the library, shortcomings of the study, and suggestions for future research are also discussed. (Author/MBR)
Melbourne State College, Department of Librarianship, Swanson & Grattan Streets, Carlton, Victoria 3053 Australia ($4.00 plus postage)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A