ERIC Number: ED442318
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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The Tower Lounge Alternative: A Library's Effort To Confront Student Drinking by Offering Extended Library Hours and Special Cultural Programming.
Davies, Kimberly, S.; Besemer, Susan P.
The need to provide out-of-class options to students and to deal with student drinking led librarians at the State University of New York College at Fredonia to propose expanding library hours and implementing a cultural program series on Friday evenings. The project's goals were to foster support for academic programs and to offer students an alternative to spending Friday evenings binge drinking. Seven cultural programs, on topics ranging from gender issues in contemporary society to a discussion about summer research on asteroids at NASA in Houston, were offered. The extended hours were maintained on a pilot basis for 8 weeks. Program attendance and library usage were established as criterion measures, and data were collected using a people counter at the library's entrance and tally sheets at the reference and circulation desks. Evaluation forms were prepared for the cultural programs and distributed at the end of each program. Results revealed that all performance criteria except number of reference questions asked were met or exceeded. The programs were well-attended, and evaluations were consistently high. Comments on evaluation forms asked that the cultural programming be continued and that extended hours be offered on Saturdays and during the week as well as on Friday evenings. Evaluation and attendance data are appended. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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