Rural Library Service

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Description: We ask, are rural libraries a component of social wellbeing in resource poor geographies? If so, when they are successful, what replicable practices do they employ?

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Librarians serving rural communities work against trends of decline; people, human service agencies, and government offices all have dwindling presence in rural centers. These communities are faced, additionally, with education and literacy gaps that exacerbate technology gaps (Mehra, 2017). Peer-reviewed information that might help rural libraries address social wellbeing is largely inaccessible ...

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  • Social Wellbeing Indices and library service data

    First phase of research for the Rural Library Service and Social Wellbeing project.

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    Raw data and analysis from 114 recorded and transcribed interviews with 203 community residents in eight isolated rural communities spread between Ver...

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