ERIC Number: ED178044
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
What Should Libraries Do for Children? Parents, Librarians and Teachers View Materials and Services in the South Central Regional System (Ontario).
Fasick, Adele M.
This study was designed to gather information about the views of librarians and the public concerning materials and services provided for children in the public libraries of the South Central Regional Library System in Ontario. Questionnaires distributed in each of the 13 communities served by the system asked about the perception of the provision of and the importance of current and possible future services. Questionnaires were distributed to all librarians in the public libraries, and to a sample of principals, teachers, nursery school teachers, and library users; the questionnaires administered to librarians also included items about the services offered to the libraries by the regional system. An analysis of the more than 500 questionnaires returned showed that differences in the perception of services exist among the three groups: parents and teachers are more likely than librarians to view the provision of audiovisual materials, materials and services for very young children, and parent-child programs as very important. All groups agree on the importance of the traditional services of picture books, story hour programs, and help with school projects. Included with the report are 59 tables of data, the survey instruments used in the study, and selected comments of respondents. (Author/JD)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Children, Demography, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Foreign Countries, Librarians, Library Materials, Library Services, Library Surveys, Parents, Preschool Children, Public Libraries, Questionnaires, Regional Programs, Research Methodology, Surveys
South Central Regional Library System, 220 Dundera Street South, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8P 4K7 ($10.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: South Central Regional Library System, Hamilton (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Toronto Univ. (Ontario).