ERIC Number: ED022499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Regional System Reorganization Plan for New Jersey County Libraries, a Study Conducted for the New Jersey State Library.
Nelson Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
In this study undertaken to evaluate the role of the county library in the emerging New Jersey library pattern, information was gathered through personal interviews, consultation with authorities on library government, group meetings with state library personnel, and questionnaires on opinions of county library service sent to trustees, librarians and school administrators. A detailed plan for the development of regional library service systems for those counties now operating county libraries is set forth. Based on principles of recognizing the New Jersey tradition of local autonomy, a close relationship to county political structure, and consistency with the emerging New Jersey area library development plan, recommendations involve--(1) establishment of regional libraries initiated by action from municipalities and counties, (2) government by a regional board representing county government, the public, county school systems, institutions of higher education and local libraries, (3) county library assets and liabilities transferred to the regional board and operated as regional libraries, (4) a financial pattern with the state meeting minimum service costs and the counties and the state sharing the cost of extended programs, and (5) administrative regulations empowering the state library to devise regional standards, formulas for state aid, and contractual relationships with the regions. Appended are the study questionnaires and tables showing county library resources measured against standards. (JB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nelson Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers: New Jersey