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ERIC Number: ED340383
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Pages: 76
Abstractor: N/A
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An Exploratory Study of the Nature and Extent of Art Museum Libraries' Services to the Public.
Oren, Annette J.
A survey was mailed to head librarians at 118 American art museum libraries to determine the nature and extent of their libraries' services to the public. In addition to some baseline demographic information, survey questions focused on: (1) the types of information sought by the public; (2) the degree to which the public is allowed access to the library; (3) the benefits and challenges in serving the public; and (4) the services that could be provided in the future. Based upon a 75% usable return rate, results indicated that most libraries permit access by the public. In addition, a great majority of libraries are willing to answer reference calls from the public. While public use of art museum libraries is usually permitted, it is not actively encouraged. The picture that emerges is one of quiescence. Lack of resources appeared to be the critical reason why services to the public are not more extensive. The data showed inadequate levels of staffing, not enough materials, and a shortage of funds at most American art museum libraries. A copy of the survey questionnaire is appended. (35 references) (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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