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Title:Research for change: Creating strategic futures for public libraries
Author(s):Holt, Glen E.
Subject(s):Library science --Research
Public libraries
Library administration --Decision making
Abstract:Research is a policy-making imperative for public library practitioners. It helps them understand the cognitive errors that limit their operation, establish a policy framework for their operations, and assess operational efficiency and effectiveness. A growing insufficiency of applied or action research on public libraries creates the need for practitioners to undertake studies themselves. This need is greater because of rapid demographic, economic, and cultural changes associated with the information age. These changes and public library responses to them are explored in some detail. The research projects of the St. Louis Public Library are summarized. The article ends with an invitation for cooperation to obtain more research on public libraries and a call for a second Public Library Inquiry as an appropriate mechanism to inspire new commitment to such research.
Issue Date:1992
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:In L.S. Estabrook (ed) Applying research to practice : how to use data collection and research to improve library management decision making (Papers presented at the Allerton Park Institute held October October 27-29, 1991): 5-39.
Series/Report:Allerton Park Institute (33rd : 1991)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-04-15

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