ERIC Number: ED297759
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jul-15
Reference Count: N/A
Public Library Service for Older Adults: Update 1986. Final Report.
Turock, Betty J.
This study, which updates the 1971 "National Survey of Library Services to the Aging," was undertaken in 1986 to identify, describe, and compare the extent and variety of current services with those in 1971; measure variables in organizational support and suggest how they might influence service; and make recommendations for future development. This survey found that: (1) there had been limited progress over the past decade and little evidence that public library services for older adults had kept pace with the increase in the number of persons aged 65 and older in the nation; (2) about two-thirds of the public libraries gave low priority to program development for older adults when compared to other age groups; (3) funds for these services made up no more than 2% of the budgets of these public libraries; (4) staffing constituted less than 3% of the available workforce; (5) on average, less than 7% of the nation's elders were reached by public library service as defined by this survey; (6) the majority of public libraries had older adult volunteers and employees, although the proportion of the latter was decreasing; (7) the majority of the libraries worked with other community agencies in the aging network; and (8) services for older adults were not generally considered distinct program entities and there was no administrative structure for their overall coordination. Study data are displayed in 18 tables. (31 bibliographic notes/references) (Author/EW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rutgers, The State Univ., New Brunswick, NJ. School of Communication, Information, and Library Studies.
Note: For reports on the 1971 study, see ED 067 521 and ED 072 835.