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ERIC Number: ED423899
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Pages: 38
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Public Library Services and Outreach for the Homeless Population in Ohio.
Lichtenberg, Evelyn
This investigative study, through a questionnaire survey, was conducted to determine if public libraries in Ohio saw a need for library programs/outreach to the homeless, and if, indeed, any libraries had a structured program to serve the special needs of the homeless population. One library from each Ohio county was selected through systematic random sampling. Respondents established that few libraries had a structured program/services for the homeless, yet service/resource information was available as needed. One third of the 62 respondents indicated an interest in attending a conference on library services for the homeless. The majority of responses were from rural libraries that reported that few, if any, homeless persons were located in their vicinity. In this study, references to the profile of homeless people and the growing number existing in deplorable conditions were taken from studies made by government and private sector agencies. The literature review cites reports and studies of library services for the homeless as well as library outreach programs networked with non-library agencies. The comments and suggestions of the survey respondents reflected an overall interest in pursuing a study and implementation of programs/services for the homeless. Two appendices contain copies of the questionnaire and accompanying cover letter. (DLS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio