ERIC Number: ED241030
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Report of the Council on Library and Network Development on State Aid to Public Library System Resource Libraries. Bulletin No. 3358.
Harris, Ruth; And Others
Based on a Council on Library and Network Development (COLAND) study mandated by Wisconsin Statutes, Chapter 347, Laws of 1979, this publication recommends that state aid to public library system resource libraries be increased by 10%, with the funds to be used strictly for resource library collection development. Issues examined during the study and the need for a proposal related to state aid for public libraries are outlined. Desirable and undesirable features of the current status of resource libraries are listed, with desirable features including local control of public libraries and the current coordination of collection development on a systemwide basis, and undesirable features including inadequate public library system funding and the concomitant channeling of library funds into staff and maintenance rather than collection development. The minimum functions of a public library system resource library are outlined, including serving as a system interlibrary loan clearinghouse, providing a backup library collection for system libraries; cooperating with the library system in a coordinated collection development program, and providing reference and referral services for system libraries. It is also recommended that the impact of the state aid proposal be evaluated five years after the enactment of the proposal into law. (ESR)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
Identifiers: Library Funding; Resource Sharing; Wisconsin