Staff Perceptions of Public Library Goals Revisited

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This article reports on research into staff perceptions of the goals of the public library. The current study is a replication study based on an article published in Library Quarterly in 1984. The current study considers the concept of a core ‘enduring’ or common set of values or goals associated with the LIS profession and asks if these are consistent across a library workforce and across time. The historical dimension of this current study allowed the researchers to investigate any identifiable change and the ongoing development to staff perceptions of library goals since the original study nearly forty years ago. Findings indicate only minor changes in perceptions and a consistency of goals across the workforce and across time. The findings inform deeper understanding of the values and goals of public libraries and library staff .
Original languageEnglish
Article number 81460R1
Pages (from-to)180-201
Number of pages22
JournalLibrary Quarterly
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2024


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