ERIC Number: ED435390
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
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Progress Report on "Pathways to Excellence: A Report on Improving Library and Information Services for Native American Peoples."
Bohanon, Patricia L.
This study reports on the results of a mail questionnaire administered to 25 tribal community college libraries in 1999, 6 years after "Pathways to Excellence: A Report on Improving Library and Information Services for Native American Peoples" was released. Data obtained from nine respondents, representing 36% of those surveyed, provided information regarding improvements or implementations made in the time since the report was delivered. The survey was based upon the 10 challenges and their supporting strategies which covered areas of funding, training, collections, cooperative activities, state and local partnerships, federal policy, model programs, archival services, literacy/job skills/strengthened community colleges, and information network technologies. Results were mixed, with a few areas showing distinct improvement, such as collection quality and quantity, measures being developed to assure availability and access to materials, relationships with state library administrative agencies, and recruitment of Native Americans for employment. An area showing overwhelming lack of response for improvement or implementation was in participation in a federal government study of Native American libraries to identify model programs. Further research, in the form of more detailed interviews or focus groups, is required to fully measure the impact of the "Pathways to Excellence" report on the tribal community college libraries. The survey questionnaire and results are appended. (Contains 21 references.) (Author/MES)
Descriptors: Access to Information, American Indian Education, American Indians, College Libraries, Community Colleges, Cooperative Programs, Government Role, Information Technology, Library Collection Development, Library Funding, Library Services, Library Surveys, Minority Groups, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, Questionnaires, Training, Tribally Controlled Education, Two Year Colleges, User Needs (Information), Users (Information)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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