ERIC Number: ED333897
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Education's Library. Actions Needed To Improve Its Usefulness. Report to Congressional Committees.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
The Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA) Amendments of 1990 required the General Accounting Office (GAO) to conduct a review of the Department of Education's Research Library, which is a component of the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI). Data were gathered by interviewing one researcher and four librarians familiar with the Library's collection to obtain their views on the scholastic and historic value of the collection, and by interviewing representatives of 20 key education associations and library organizations to obtain their views on the need for expanding access to the Library. It was found that the Library lacks a collection development policy specifying its primary and other users and its materials' acquisition and preservation priorities and practices; most education employees and half of the education-related organization representatives interviewed rarely if ever use the library; experts believe the Library's historical collections are potentially very useful, but its contemporary collection is less comprehensive; and lack of funding for technical processing since 1988 has resulted in about half of the collections being uncataloged and many books in the historical and special collections remaining in need of preservation. A collection development policy under development at the time of this report was scheduled for implementation in August 1991, and organization representatives suggested that better publicizing of and access to the Library's services would improve its usefulness. Seven appendixes include data on Department of Education Research Library non-personnel expenditures (fiscal years 1980-90) and the views of library experts and representatives on expanding public access to research libraries. (BBM)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Government Libraries, History, Library Collections, Library Services, Library Technical Processes, Preservation, Research Libraries
U.S. General Accounting office, PO Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (first five copies free; additional reports $2.00 each).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
Identifiers: Department of Education; Library Services and Construction Act