ERIC Number: ED356800
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
The Public Library Services to Disadvantaged Populations Grant Project, 1988-1992. A Summative Evaluation.
Crosby, Barbara S.
This summative evaluation of the Public Library Services to Disadvantaged Populations Grant program describes how the grant program is meeting its stated objectives, how it is contributing to library development in Texas, and how Texas State Library activities and policy impact the program. The Texas State Library initiated this grant program with funding from the Library Services and Construction Act, Title I. Most of the evaluation information came from documents and records that the state already had from program fund recipients. Telephone surveys were conducted with those no longer receiving grant funds. The segment on needs and services and the segment on location and distribution discuss all 39 funded projects (including the 10 funded in 1992), but the other sections discuss only the 29 projects that no longer receive funding. In 1991, the number of applicants dropped, as did state promotion of the grant program. The two populations that 75 percent of the recipients chose to serve--adults with less than 12 years of school and people for whom English is a second language--are the largest target population groups in Texas. Criteria for the grant award and the survey interview form are included. Six tables provide study results. (SLD)
Descriptors: Adults, Disadvantaged, Eligibility, English (Second Language), Evaluation Criteria, Federal Aid, Grants, Librarians, Library Development, Library Expenditures, Library Services, Program Evaluation, Public Libraries, State Aid, State Programs, Summative Evaluation, Telephone Surveys, Users (Information)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Library, Austin. Dept. of Library Development.
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Library Services and Construction Act