ERIC Number: EJ939088
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
Is Isolation a Problem? Issues Faced by Rural Libraries and Rural Library Staff in South Australia
Haines, Rebecca; Calvert, Philip J.
Australian Library Journal, v58 n4 p400-415 Nov 2009
The aim of this research was to investigate current issues faced by public library staff in rural South Australia and to examine some of the reasons why people choose to work in rural libraries. The study took a mixed methods approach, combining interviews and questionnaires to gain a fuller understanding of the issues and experiences of rural librarians. The findings show that rural library staff in South Australia are a dedicated group of individuals who are motivated by personal interactions with their communities. Constraints imposed by distance, travelling times and geographic isolation concerned many staff--especially the difficulty of finding professional development opportunities, with travel to Adelaide for workshops the most commonly stated barrier.
Descriptors: Library Personnel, Public Libraries, Rural Areas, Foreign Countries, Library Services, Performance Factors, Barriers, Questionnaires, Interviews, Employee Attitudes, Work Attitudes, Professional Development, Motivation, Persistence, Library Administration
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia