This articles focuses in on the emerging dilemma around whether libraries should charge a fee for patrons to participate in programs.
From the ALA Public Programs Office:
“The ALA Public Programs Office has released a report outlining the findings of an intensive research study that explored the characteristics, audiences, outcomes and value of U.S. library programming, as well as the competencies required to succeed in the field.”
Friedman, co-founder of Lifetime Arts, provides a progress report on the qualitative research carried out by the Touchstone Center for Collaborative Inquiry regarding the impacts on librarians and participants involved in the national expansion first phase of Lifetime Arts’ Creative Aging in Public Libraries Project. The evaluators examined programming taking place in Boston, Dallas and Miami library systems, especially focusing on the tools, training and technical assistance provided by Lifetime Arts. Where programming had been completed they also did post-program surveys of individual participants. One finding noted by the evaluators was “many librarians found that Creative Aging programming helped both staff and patrons to see a new identity for the library as a community center for lifelong learning.”