Adult New Reader Materials Available Here: A Survey of Literacy Materials Available in Three North Carolina Public Library Systems

by Borene, Elizabeth

Abstract (Summary)
In 1999, researcher Denni Kay Scales asked the question: How do adult new readers find literacy materials in the public library? The following study is an attempt to continue the discussion by addressing a similar question in surveying three library systems in North Carolina, and also to evaluate the presence or absence of a separate literacy section.

The findings point to even more diversity in subject matter and location than Scales found. The results of this study indicate that literacy materials, when carried by a public library, are rarely shelved in a separate literacy section, and sometimes even in more than one section of the main collections. This prompts the following questions: Is a literacy section needed in public libraries? What are the benefits of separating this material out for adult new readers? Should literacy materials be integrated with the main collections?

Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Claudia Gollop

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:immigrants reading literacy new literates public libraries – book selection services to illiterates


Date of Publication:04/10/2006

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