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ERIC Number: ED413908
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
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The Status of Readers' Advisory Services in Ohio Public Libraries.
Tracz, Catherine M.
Recreational reading has proved its importance in the public library systems nationwide, as confirmed by circulation records and significant consideration in library budgets, indicating the need to develop systems that bring the book and the reader together in a systematic way. This paper seeks to define the operation of readers' advisory programs and services in Ohio public libraries by providing a status report, attempting to show how many public libraries have formal readers' advisory programs, who administers these programs, and how many programs provide specialized training for their librarians. This report also defines and lists the popular techniques currently being used in Ohio public libraries. A questionnaire was sent to 161 Ohio public services librarians; a total of 87 libraries responded for a return rate of 54.1%. Although responses did not show that there is an increase in the development of formal programs, the responses did suggest that most public services librarians feel that administering readers' advisory services is a part of their job description. Suggestions for further study are offered. The survey cover letter and questionnaire are appended. (Contains 25 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio