Book Club Kit Program: An Evaluation
Background: Book clubs consist of groups of people reading and discussing the same books. Some book clubs are organized by public librarians. A far smaller number of health sciences librarians are involved with coordinating book clubs.
Objectives: This case report employed a survey and phone interviews to determine why a book club kits program organized by health sciences librarians did not generate more enthusiasm.
Lessons Learned: The investigators found that direct phone interviews rather than a survey elicited the needed information. Many public libraries, particularly those in rural areas, are directed by people not even possessing a Master’s degree in library or information science. Strategies for promoting use of the book club kits to these public librarians required different approaches.
Conclusions: Through a deeper understanding of rural public librarians' circumstances and needs, the investigators gained new insights on how health sciences librarians might possibly reach public librarians more effectively.
book clubs, academic health sciences libraries, public libraries, outreach, community engagement, interviews
Weig-Pickering, A., & Eldredge, J. (2023). Book Club Kit Program: An Evaluation . Hypothesis: Research Journal for Health Information Professionals, 35(2). https://doi.org/10.18060/27338