|Title:||Symposium: Reader Interest in Science - Adults
|Author(s):||Thackery, John T., Jr.
|Subject(s):||Libraries --Special collections --Science
|Abstract:||A comprehensive discussion of what adult readers read,
and why they read, in the area of the sciences would take much
more time than the limits of this portion of the symposium afford.
This consideration therefore proposes to indicate some
conclusions based on observations and reading- -observations
which it is hoped will be helpful, both as an aid in meeting current
problems and as a stimulant to further discussion.
Katherine Prescott concludes her study* of the interests
of people who used the Norwood Branch of the Cleveland Public
Library by indicating that the prime function of this particular
branch was to "help people meet the problems of everyday living.
" Reading for entertainment came second, and highly intellectual
reading was a very poor third.
This study was undertaken as an aid in shaping book
selection policy, and as such it is useful to us in furnishing the
above mentioned clue as to why people read. The characteristics
of a library's service area determine both quantity and
quality in what is read, and therefore the specific conclusions
certainly do not apply to each and every library because the
physical, economic, and social factors vary from community
|Publisher:||Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
|Citation Info:||In F.B.Jenkins (ed). 1960. Collecting science literature for general reading; papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, November 6-9, 1960. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 61-67.
|Series/Report:||Allerton Park Institute (7th : 1960)
|Genre:||Conference Paper / Presentation
|Publication Status:||published or submitted for publication
|Rights Information:||Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1959.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2007-07-16