The Applied Research and Education Center (AREC) at Indiana University Southeast helped a local public Library win the American Library Association’s Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant. AREC will conduct the survey research that will help the library better understand why portions of their community do not use the library’s many resources. The Jeffersonville Township Public Library of southern Indiana will use the data to improve their communications and programming strategies. The American Library Association sees potential for this project to be useful to libraries nationwide. http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/ala/pollard-and-fry-winners-2012-carroll-preston-baber-research-grant
The AREC operates under the direction of Dr. Melissa Fry and employs 5 undergraduate students from across campus to provide research support to local nonprofit organizations and government agencies and to analyze trends in our area that may be important to organizations providing community services in the region.