ERIC Number: ED305082
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
The Educational Role and Services of Public Libraries in Indiana.
Fitzgibbons, Shirley; And Others
The purpose of this study was to document the educational activities being offered to citizens of all ages through Indiana's 239 public libraries. A mail questionnaire was distributed to every main library and branch in the state, requesting information on the kinds and numbers of education-related services and programs provided in 1987, and estimates of program attendance, according to age groups--birth through adult, and special populations. The respondents were also asked their perceptions of the importance of their library's educational purpose relative to other purposes--informational, recreational, and cultural--served by the public libraries. Responses were received from 182 main libraries and 101 branch libraries for a response rate of 73%. The report begins with a discussion of the public library's roles in a community and in society, which is followed by a description of the methodology of the study. Findings are then examined according to the areas of services and programs offered by the libraries to the various age groups and special populations, and data are summarized in a series of 25 tables. It is concluded that a variety of activities are being conducted throughout the state that provide learning opportunities for thousands of state residents from birth through older years. Librarians' perceptions of the library's purposes are also summarized. A copy of the survey and a summary of survey statistics are appended. (10 notes) (CGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Indiana State Library, Indianapolis.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. School of Library and Information Science.