May 23, 2022

Research Article: “Supporting the Educational Interests of Adult Patrons Through College-Bound Programming”

The following article (full text, open access) was recently published by Public Library Quarterly.


Supporting the Educational Interests of Adult Patrons Through College-Bound Programming


Africa S. Hands
East Carolina University


Public Library Quarterly
DOI: 10.1080/01616846.2020.1834813


Public libraries are information centers for communities, serving the needs of children and their families, seniors, veterans, and small businesses. Content analysis of rural public libraries shows that, based on the placement of information within their website, college planning information and programs are aimed at teens rather than adult learners.


Prospective adult learners and other non-traditional students would benefit from programs and services designed to help them navigate the maze of requirements and processes for earning a college credential. This article advocates for the role of public libraries in advancing college literacy among adult patrons.

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