Changing models of library education to benefit rural communities




Perryman, Carol L.
Jeng, Ling Hwey

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Taylor & Francis


Rural libraries whose librarians have expertise in digital literacy and a deep understanding of unique communities contribute to improving quality of life for residents. However, many library education programs do not include the development of students as future leaders of community growth. In this article we describe efforts to build on prior research in the Appalachian region. Offered by Texas Woman’s University School of Library and Information Studies (TWU SLIS), a designated Hispanic-serving institution in Texas, the program extends library roles by getting librarians out into their communities, working with community leaders and residents to facilitate needed and wanted change.



Community informatics, Library education, Public libraries, Rural libraries


This is a post-print version of an article that is available at: Recommended citation: Perryman, C. L., & Jeng, L. H. (2019). Changing models of library education to benefit rural communities. Public Library Quarterly, 39(2), 102–114. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.