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ERIC Number: ED167138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Our Nation's Libraries: An Inventory of Resources and Needs.
National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, Washington, DC.
This inventory of the resources and needs of the nation's public libraries, academic libraries, and public school library media centers presents an impoverished picture: these libraries are grossly underfunded. As a result they lack the staff, materials, space, and hours of service to meet citizens' needs. To bring the libraries up to minimum levels of service will require a one-time expenditure of $12 billion for books and other materials and an increase of $6 billion a year for operating budgets (based on 1974 costs). These conclusions are supported by charts showing the deficiencies in professional staff; books, print, and microform materials; nonprint materials; and annual operating budgets. Problems associated with the number of libraries, staff, materials, space, hours of service, and expenditures are briefly discussed for each type of library. (JD)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Charts, Construction Needs, Financial Needs, Learning Resources Centers, Library Collections, Library Expenditures, Library Facilities, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Personnel Needs, Public Libraries, School Libraries, Statistical Data
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (Stock No. 052-003-00595-6; $1.20)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, Washington, DC.
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