Social Capital, Community, and Public Libraries: An Examination Into How Coffee and Wireless Internet Access Can Increase Our Quality of Life.

by Joseph, Benn P.

Abstract (Summary)
This study examines the role public libraries play in creating social capital within communities. Two sets of public libraries were selected based on their being geographically located in areas of high or low social capital. These libraries were then contacted by phone to determine whether they had wireless Internet or a café on the premises. Libraries which possessed these traits were totaled according to their level of social capital. The data was then compared to population and circulation information for the areas served by each library or library system. The results indicate that having a café and/or wireless Internet can significantly impact a community’s use of the library, though in some cases this relationship is weaker.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Evelyn Daniel

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:librarianship – social aspects library cafes public relations of libraries capital


Date of Publication:04/12/2006

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