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Adult services : an enduring focus for public libraries
McCook, Kathleen de la Peña.
Publication Information:
Chicago : American Library Association, 1990.
Physical Description:
x, 524 pages ; 23 cm
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Central Library Z711.92.A32 A37 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Shifting demographics present a challenge to librarians working in adult services. Changes as diverse as the greying of the population to the explosion in microcomputer use require librarians to evaluate and re-evaluate their adult services programming.

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One of the most respected library educators fields a mammoth, comprehensive study eventuating from the Adult Services in the Eighties (ASE) Project she directed. The six-year undertaking encompassed both literature research and an extensive survey of public libraries to which 1,114 systems responded. The study pulls together the survey data and essays developed for the ASE Project that provide historical contexts for each adult service and refer to the survey findings. The specific services studied include lifelong learning, service to minorities, literacy services, service to labor groups, bookmobile service to adults, service to the economic community, services to older adults, service to the handicapped, genealogical reference service, parent education, and public access microcomputers. Other essays offer perspectives on the public library as a social-cultural institution. Readers gain an enhanced understanding of the role of each particular service and of adult services as a whole within the public library setting. ~--Charles Harmon

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