ERIC Number: ED207545
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Information for Community Action: A Demonstration of University/Public Library Cooperation in Meeting Community Groups' Information Needs. Final Report.
Burr, Julie; And Others
Designed to facilitate neighborhood resource centers for community projects, this 2-year cooperative demonstration project between the Seattle Public Library and Seattle University's community resource program developed four methods for libraries to serve community groups on an effective and continuing basis: regular attendance by librarians at community group meetings; contributions by community leaders to their neighborhood libraries; formal presentations by librarians to community groups; and installation of computer terminals in neighborhood libraries. Also included in these programs was the involvement of all levels of librarians in planning, special orientation, training, outreach, and evaluation. Project activities were evaluated by comprehensive and special purpose questionnaires for specific models and activities, interviews, and the deliberations of an ad hoc library and staff committee. Results indicated the combination of librarian training and outreach increased the visibility of special collections; computer terminals increased public awareness of library accessibility; and, finally, that outreach improves the ability of the library staff to improve professional skills and enhances the overall visibility of library services. Appendices include questionnaires, supporting administrative documents, and sample public relations materials. (Author/RAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Libraries and Learning Resources (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Seattle Univ., WA. Inst. of Public Service.