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ERIC Number: ED020756
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 191
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Reference Count: 0
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SURVEY OF OHIO LIBRARIES AND STATE LIBRARY SERVICES. A REPORT TO THE STATE LIBRARY BOARD.
BLASINGAME, RALPH; AND OTHERS
USING INFORMATION FROM 5 COMMISSIONED STUDIES ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF OHIO LIBRARIES (SUMMARIZED IN THIS REPORT), QUESTIONNAIRES, AND FIELD VISITS, THIS SURVEY IS INTENDED TO SERVE AS A BEGINNING FOR CONTINUOUS PLANNING AND TO PROVIDE A GENERAL FRAMEWORK FOR STATE-WIDE ACTION PROGRAMS. PROBLEM AREAS FOR OHIO PUBLIC LIBRARIES ARE SEEN AS--FINANCIAL SUPPORT THAT COMES FROM COUNTY BY COUNTY ALLOCATION OF THE INTANGIBLES TAX, COMPLACENCY AMONG MANY LIBRARIANS, PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARDS APPOINTED BY SCHOOL BOARDS, A STATE LIBRARY THAT IS ORIENTED TO RURAL AREAS AND HAS AN UNCLEAR RELATIONSHIP WITH STATE GOVERNMENT, AND A LACK OF COMMUNICATION IN MANY AREAS OF OHIO LIBRARY SERVICE. SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE STATE LIBRARY INCLUDE--IMPROVEMENT OF ITS COLLECTIONS AND STAFF TO PROVIDE QUALITY REFERENCE SERVICE, EXPANSION OF THE UNION CATALOG TO BECOME A BIBLIOGRAPHIC CENTER FOR THE STATE, ELIMINATION OF DIRECT CIRCULATION AND TRAVELING LIBRARY SERVICES, AND PROVISION OF CENTRALIZED PROCESSING SERVICES FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES. GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS EMPHASIZE THE REGIONAL APPROACH FOR ORGANIZATION OF SERVICE, AND THRE MAJOR AREAS OF FURTHER LIBRARY DEVELOPMENT ARE SUGGESTED IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER OF PRIORITY--(1) ENLARGEMENT AND CLARIFICATION OF THE ROLE OF THE OHIO STATE LIBRARY, (2) DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF PROGRAMS OF EQUALIZATION OF LIBRARY SERVICES FOR ALL RESIDENTS, AND (3) DEVELOPMENT OF PLANS TO RELATE THE MAJOR RESOURCES OF THE CITY LIBRARIES TO STATE-WIDE NEEDS. A RELATED DOCUMENT IS LI 000 569, AN APPENDIX TO THIS SURVEY, GIVING THE QUESTIONNAIRES USED AND THE STATISTICAL RESULTS. (JB)
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Authoring Institution: Ohio State Library Board, Columbus.
Identifiers: OHIO