ERIC Number: ED390440
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-17
Reference Count: N/A
Utah's Bookmobile Counties in the Year 2000: Building on a Proven Foundation for Library and Information Services.
Utah State Library Div., Salt Lake City. Dept. of Community and Economic Development.
This discussion paper raises important issues for the future of Utah's public library services, specifically, the state's bookmobile service. Federal dollars used to support daily bookmobile operations in 22 counties will come to an end with the expiration of the "Library Services and Construction Act" in 1996. Beginning in 1997, the State Library Division proposes that new funding and administrative relationships should be established. The concepts of fiscal capacity and financial effort in support of library service are proposed as central considerations in distributing additional charges to the counties, and in allocating state dollars to the counties for their library service. In addition, the counties will need to shoulder higher percentages of the total costs of services. State-funded library service "Development Grants" will continue and a state-funded "Transition Grant" should be given to the counties in 1997, 1998, and 1999, in order to give county library boards and officials time to establish priorities and adjust budgets. Three possible administrative models are proposed to govern the services in individual headquarters, beginning in 1997. These entail leaving local boards to play a restricted policy role (unified formula model); providing more flexibility to county library boards to structure the service to meet local needs (zero-based budget model); and transferring all physical assets to the county (county ownership model). The division also proposes that in 1996, each county should formalize 5-year library service plan, 1996-2000. Appendices include five tables of fiscal indicators of local government support for public library service in Utah using 1993 data, and a listing of county bookmobile headquarters. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Utah State Library Div., Salt Lake City. Dept. of Community and Economic Development.
Note: See IR 055 788 and IR 055 791 for a companion discussion paper and draft policy proposals respectively.