ERIC Number: ED022491
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Library Planning Study, Report to the Bureau of Library Extension, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Little (Arthur D.), Inc., Cambridge, MA.
This evaluation was conducted to review library service to Massachusetts state institutions and to examine levels of present or potential cooperation among all types of libraries. Based on interviews and questionnaires, the study is divided into three areas: resources for all types of libraries, service to state institutions, and library service for the physically handicapped. It is concluded that Massachusetts library resources are generally underused and often inefficiently maintained. Recommendations include: (1) a total library network, involving a State Library Center with responsibility for centralized ordering, cataloging, and processing and a union catalog to serve all libraries, (2) increased public library cooperation and retention of the present regional system headquarters libraries, (3) participation by college, university, and special libraries in State Library Service Center activities, (4) expansion of the Bureau of Library Extension functions for school libraries, and establishment of 5 regional centers for nonbook school library materials, (5) participation by special libraries in the State Library Service Center's interlibrary loan program, (6) establishment or improvement of institutional libraries, and (7) improvement of service to the handicapped. A 4 year program to implement these recommendations is outlined. (JB)
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Authoring Institution: Little (Arthur D.), Inc., Cambridge, MA.