ERIC Number: ED025292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Public Library Service in Lucas County, Ohio: An Evaluation with Recommendations.
Nelson Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Objectives of this survey were to: (1) examine existing library conditions, (2) develop library service standards, (3) prepare a long-range plan for library service, and (4) estimate program costs and suggest means for implementing the plan. Survey methods included interviews with library staff and trustees, school personnel, and county and planning officials; questionnaires sent to public library agencies, schools, special and academi" libraries, and social and community agencies; a user survey; visits to all public library agencies; and a review of all reports of the Toledo Regional Plan for Action. After examining present and projected characteristics of the community, the public library response to community information needs, and resources available through other library agencies in the county, it is concluded that public library resources exceed minimum standards and the principal challenge is to secure improved utilization of available resources. Recommendations for improved use of public library resources involve: consolidation of the three public libraries into a single system, discontinuing service to schools, greater use of interlibrary loans, formation of an Information Services Council, and developing all plans in light of the Ohio Library Development Plan. Other recommendations are made for facilities, collections, personnel, and enlarging the scope of services. Appendixes include the study questionnaires and an analysis of the user survey. (JB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nelson Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Ohio; Ohio (Lucas County)