ERIC Number: ED301199
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Services and Resources for Young Adults in Public Libraries. Survey Report.
National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
This survey of public libraries, which was performed under contract by Westat, Inc., using the Fast Response Survey System (FRSS), focused on their services and resources for young adults between the ages of 12 and 18. Questionnaires were sent to 846 public libraries; the response rate to the survey was 98%. The sample included 540 main and 306 branch libraries, and data were collected from individual library buildings rather than from library systems. Survey items included: (1) availability of young adult sections in libraries and kinds of materials they contain; (2) staff resources for young adults; (3) availability and use of library services for young adults; (4) amount of library cooperation with schools and other youth-serving organizations; and (5) perceived barriers to increased use of the library by this age group. The key findings included: (1) one out of every four public library patrons in 1986-87 was a young adult; (2) only 11% of U.S. public libraries have a young adult librarian; (3) 84% of the libraries offer a section or collection of materials specially designated for young adults, and in 74% of these libraries, the young adult materials were moderately or heavily used; (4) libraries with a young adult librarian are more apt to report moderate or heavy use of library services by young adults; and (5) in libraries without a young adult librarian, this group is primarily served by generalists. Findings are summarized in 15 tables, and a copy of the questionnaire is attached. (CGD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Branch Libraries, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Needs, Inservice Education, Librarians, Library Materials, Library Services, Public Libraries, Questionnaires, Statistics, Surveys, Use Studies, Youth Agencies
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Note: Data Series: FRSS-28.