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Community Inquiry: Valuing the Turlock Public Library
Faculty from the Center for Public Policy Studies at CSU Stanislaus conducted a collaborative research project with the Friends of the Turlock Public Library (FTPL) to generate information useful to policy makers about the direction they should be taking with the public library.
Members of the FTPL were invited to participate in a faculty-led research group that developed methods for gathering information on circulation data, facilities use, and patron attendance to be collected by library staff. Next the group developed a survey to address research questions not covered by the existing data or literature, deciding to get a cross-section of the community by gathering information outside of Turlock grocery stores.
The partners used the collected and analyzed data to identify actions the library could take to meet Turlock residents’ needs, and presented the report to the FTPL Board. In addition, the report will be used as the group continues to meet with city and county staff and elected officials. The project demonstrated how CSUS can benefit the community beyond the more common “economic development” roles that many focus on.
Kelvin Jasek-Rysdahl, Public Policy Studies
California State University, Stanislaus
Jane Younglove, California State University, Stanislaus
library, Stanislaus, Central Valley, public policy