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WLA 2009: "Library Services for the Homeless Population in Wisconsin"

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on Thursday, October 22, 2009 in WLA Blog Archive
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Library Services for the Homeless Population in Wisconsin: Findings of a StudyTimothy Blomquist, UW-Milwaukee SOIS Sponsored by WLA Outreach Services Section Research for his Masters thesis Conducted survey April-May 2008 388 public libraries - sent survey 260 responses - 67% response rate, 1 invalid 16 questions questionnaire - had definitionsHe got the impression that people aren't aware of the issues Statistics2.5-3.5 million people homeless annually (in U.S.) - 39% children 700,000-2 million each night 12 million have experienced homelessness at some point (7%+ of population) 600,000 families with 1.35 million children experience homelessness each year Definitions vary - without permanent or adequate shelter Really, it's not just lacking a place to sleep - lacking storage for belongings, pulled away from friends/ family/ school/ support WI ServicePoint Homeless Management Information System Causative factors: Veterans, roommate/family conflict, eviction, low/no income, domestic violence, criminal history, addiction, institutional discharge, physical/mental disabilities, can't find affordable housing,...

WLA 2007: Applying Survey Methodology in the Real World

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on Wednesday, October 17, 2007 in WLA Blog Archive
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Applying Survey Methodology in the Real Worlda presentation by Thomas Walker, Associate Dean, UW-Milwaukee, SOISIntroduction to surveys:What are they?How to plan a surveyHow to collect dataSamplingQuestionnairesI. What are surveys?a formalized method of gathering info about a group of people through a samplea carefully chosen sample can be used to project results to a larger populationSurveys are not...collected from 100% of a populationcollected entirely from a self-selected groupcollected from a group just because that "sample" is easy to get data fromData gathered systematically:standardized proceduresnot data from individuals -- should be anonymousdata should form a composite profile of the wholeLibrary surveys:usually to assist in the planning processassess community needsassess community perceptions of...- what libraries are- what libraries should beSurveys and methods of collection:telephonemailin-person at the library or other locationweb site or emailwhile methods of data collection can be used to describe the type of survey, methods should not be the main reason a...