ERIC Number: ED021587
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Reference Count: 0
Progress and Problems of Pennsylvania Libraries; a Re-Survey.
Martin, Lowell A.
Following an earlier study of public libraries in Pennsylvania, issued in 1958, this "re-survey" has two purposes: (1) to determine the extent to which the 1958 Pennsylvania library program has been achieved and (2) to propose a revised or new Pennsylvania library program. The basis for the study is 1965-66 data which was obtained from annual reports, field visits to district-center libraries, regional resource centers and a sample of local libraries, interviews, and questionnaires sent to users. Findings show that there has been both qualitative and quantitative growth and that many librarians, trustees and legislators are committed to the existing plan. However, state financial support has just recently reached the specified level and Pennsylvania libraries are not realizing their full potential. Proposals for improvement introduce new concepts in the governmental and tax base for public libraries, in the structure of library service in sparsely settled districts and metropolitan areas, in the State Library's regulatory role, and in relations between libraries and among types of libraries. Immediate steps call for a coordinated public information campaign, intensified library planning using this report as a starting point, preparation for seeking new legislation with a concurrent review of Pennsylvania library laws, and a periodic evaluation of progress and problems by the State Library. (JB)
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Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Library, Harrisburg.
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Note: A related document is LI000819, a study of the influence of distance a d time on the use of district library centers.