This paper aims to describe the library services available to rural dwellers and a summary of focus groups discussions (FGD) conducted in northern districts of Bangladesh.
This paper is divided into two sections. The first section describes rural library services in Bangladesh. The second section discusses the results of FGDs carried out separately in ten rural communities in northern areas of Bangladesh.
The results of FGDs highlight the general information needs of rural communities, their reading, listening and viewing habits and awareness of rural library activities. The findings suggest that the rural libraries largely meet the informational needs of the local community and play a crucial role in the educational advancement of local people.
This is the first time an effort has been made to assess the impact of rural library activities using FGDs in Bangladesh. This paper shows that FGDs could be an effective way to assess the impact of rural library activities.
Islam, S. and Zabed Ahmed, S. (2012), "Rural library services: A qualitative assessment of information provision in selected rural communities in northern districts of Bangladesh", New Library World, Vol. 113 No. 3/4, pp. 118-138. https://doi.org/10.1108/03074801211218462Download as .RIS
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