ERIC Number: ED213428
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Focus on State Libraries. A Report to the Nation.
This report discusses the importance of state libraries to the system of Australian library resources and outlines the relevance of state library resources to the present and future information needs of the Australian community. The nature and function of state libraries are reviewed and placed in a historical context. An outline of the challenges facing Australian state libraries as they attempt to define and adapt to their future during the 1980s is followed by discussions of state libraries as resource centers for primary historial materials, as depository centers for state publications, as providers of support services to smaller libraries, as information resources for government officials, as information for the statewide community, and as centers for statewide library networks. The role of the state library in statewide planning is described and the present needs of state libraries with respect to the purchase of materials, the maintenance of professional staff, and physical accommodations are reviewed. A brief analysis of the role of state libraries in conserving the materials they house is also included. (JL)
Descriptors: Depository Libraries, Financial Needs, Foreign Countries, History, Information Centers, Information Services, Library Cooperation, Library Networks, Library Personnel, Library Role, Resource Centers, State Libraries, Statewide Planning
Australian Library Promotion Council, 328 Swanston St., Melbourne, Victoria 3000 ($1.75 plus postage).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Library Promotion Council, Melbourne.