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ERIC Number: ED376850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-May
Pages: 41
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Adult Literacy Services in Rural Public Libraries.
Backus, Mary Jane
This paper examines the literacy services provided by public libraries in the rural areas (communities of 25,000 people or less) of West Virginia and Kentucky. Of the 93 libraries (68%) which responded to the survey, 89.8% acknowledge illiteracy as being a problem. However, although 92% of the librarians agree that illiteracy programs are an important library service, 62.2% of the libraries do not have a staff person assigned to coordinate these programs. The most common form of literacy service (89%) was found to be cooperative programs between public libraries and literacy organizations, followed by the provision of books and materials by libraries (87.9%) and volunteer tutoring (69.2%). The number of people taking advantage of the libraries' literacy programs is small; 39.5% of the libraries have only 1 to 10 people per year using the service, and only 10.5% of those responding provide service to over 50 people. Survey data is displayed in 18 tables. An appendix contains the cover letter to library directors and literacy survey questionnaire. (Contains 17 references.) (MAS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky; West Virginia