Dissertation Information for Barbara Kasper
MPACT Status: Fully Complete
Title: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF PUBLIC LIBRARY SERVICE TO CHILDREN IN INDIANA DURING THE 1970S
Abstract: As numerous studies in the field of librarianship have indicated, children are significant users of public libraries. Based upon selected 1964 American Library Association standards for children, this study collected from all Indiana public libraries the data necessary for the first assessment of library services to children in Indiana. A questionnaire was distributed in the fall of 1979 to Indiana public library directors in 238 different systems (87 percent return rate) requesting 1978 data in children's services. Adult library service data for 1978 and socioeconomic data from the 1970 United States Census were also gathered for each library community in Indiana. The three major units of analysis (children's services, socioeconomic conditions, and adult services) were reported as ordinal data using descriptive statistics for the library data and Pearson's product-moment correlations coefficient (r) for the socioeconomic analysis.
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