Focus Group Attendance
Himmel & Wilson, Library Consultants conducted 42 focus groups in 21 locations throughout Texas as part of Phase Two- Data Gathering of the Texas Public Library Development Study. The focus groups provided the consultant team with a landscape view of Texas libraries' diversity, successes and challenges.
Where and when were the focus groups?
At a Glance
A total of 476 people attended at least one focus group session.
Half of the focus group sessions were for library directors or their designees. A total of 272 participants representating 242 different libraries attended these sessions.
The balance of the focus group sessions were for library trustees, Friends, lay representatives and volunteers. A total of 195 participants representing 103 different libraries attended these sessions.
Nine additional people attended one of the sessions. These included State Library Commissioners, academic librarians and a school librarian.
The consultant team was pleased with the focus group response and level of participation.
Focus Group Attendance by System
Below is an accounting of the number of libraries represented in the focus groups for library directors from each Texas Library System.
Alamo Area Library System - 13
Big Country Library System - 13
Central Texas Library System - 30
Houston Area Library System - 19
Northeast Texas Library System - 63
North Texas Regional Library System - 30
South Texas Library System - 28
Texas Panhandle Library System - 22
Texas Trans Pecos Library System - 2
West Texas Library System - 19
Focus Group Attendance by Library Size
The following chart depicts the breakdown of focus group attendance by library size.
Focus Group Attendance by Library Type
The following is an accounting of the number of libraries represented in the focus groups for directors by type of establishment or governance structure.
City - 142
County - 56
Non-profit - 31
District - 4
City-county - 4
Interlocal Agreement - 1
Trust - 1