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Rural Public Library Assets And Socioeconomic Demographics: A Multi-Classification Study, Karen A. Miller Jan 2018

Rural Public Library Assets And Socioeconomic Demographics: A Multi-Classification Study, Karen A. Miller

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Rural public libraries hold economic, cultural, and social capital assets in trust for the benefit of their communities. Filling a gap in the study of those assets, 2012 through 2015 rural library statistics from the Institute of Museum and Library Services were combined with public data from the United States Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services to: (1) reveal interrelationships between rural public library assets and socioeconomic factors, (2) explore the implications of those relationships in terms of potential community services and asset strengths, (3) investigate differences in those relationships over time, and (4) consider rural library asset …