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Title:Communicating with the Poor
Author(s):Block, Carl E.
Subject(s):Libraries and community
Social service --Information services
Reference services (Libraries)
Community information services
Abstract:This paper has two primary objectives. The first is to summarize the results of a study of the general informational search behavior of a sample of 350 low-income households in St. Louis in August 1968. 1 In this study data were gathered on the types of information ordinarily sought, the sources of information used, and the relative importance that the poor themselves place on the various sources prior to making product selections in the marketplace. The second major objective of this paper is to try to place these findings in the broader context of communicating with the poor generally. As part of the second objective attention will be given to considering the neighborhood information center as a possible contributor to this communication process. Initially, however, it should be helpful to put the whole subject of communicating with the poor in a proper setting by spending some time on a brief review of the communication process itself, i.e., to lay a theoretical basis for further examination of the theme of the article.
Issue Date:1971
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In C.L. Kronus and L. Crowe (eds). 1971. Libraries and neighborhood information centers; papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, October 24-27, 1971. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 30-49.
Series/Report:Allerton Park Institute (17th : 1971)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1971.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-17

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