ERIC Number: ED021569
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Reference and Research Library Needs in Michigan; a Study of Resources, Needs and Patterns of Use with Recommendations for Improvements in Service.
Nelson Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
The objectives of the study were to determine the extent and nature of unmet needs of users of reference and research library resources and to propose measures to meet those needs. Data on research library use were collected by 3 questionnaires sent to 4 groups of users: 1) all faculty members of 4-year public and private institutions of higher education in Michigan, 2) all teachers of off-campus university courses from the 9 public universities and colleges offering such programs, 3) a sample of elementary and secondary public school teachers, and 4) a sample of manufacturing executives. Interviews with selected librarians, faculty members, and administrators yielded additional data. A study of inter-library loan slips and non-registered borrowers' cards from selected major libraries in the state, and earlier studies and reports of libraries complete the data sources. The 5 major recommendations are (1) Establish intermediate reference centers, (2) Designate as statewide resource libraries the Detroit Public Library, the Michigan State Library and the libraries of Michigan State University, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, (3) Provide library collections and facilities for off-campus students, (4) The Michigan State Library should prepare and distribute a Union list of serials, and (5) Establish a Coordinate Council on Reference and Research Library Resources. (CC)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Michigan State Library, Lansing.
Authoring Institution: Nelson Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.