Rutherford Community Assessment

Client: Rutherford Public Library
Faculty: Irwin Nesoff
Team: Lora L. Allen, David E. Hernandez, George H. Pape, Jr., Rebecca Sagoskin Stein
Year: 2006
The Rutherford Public Library is one of the largest libraries in New Jersey's most populous county, located just seven miles from midtown Manhattan. In order to develop a comprehensive five-year programming and capital improvements plan, the Library requested that the Capstone team assess their community’s library needs. This community assessment included developing and analyzing the results of a mail-out survey, conducting various focus groups, and interviewing key stakeholders. Coupled with information gathered from research into current issues and trends facing public libraries, the community assessment will allow the Library to better understand and respond to their community’s current and future library needs.