ERIC Number: ED392455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Determining Your Public Library's Future Size: A Needs Assessment and Planning Model.
Brawner, Lee B.; Beck, Donald K., Jr.
This book guides library administrators through stages of long-range needs assessment, particularly taking what they know about their user community, library services, performance standards, and anticipated resources, and using that knowledge to determine space and building needs. Tips, explanations, and hands-on planning tools come through descriptions of a hypothetical model called Sterling Public Library, which must select a library consultant, choose an assessment team and define its responsibilities, evaluate the library's current effectiveness, survey the users, inspect the existing site, evaluate alternatives, and draw up schematics for a proposed addition. Appendices include library space planning guidelines, sample request for proposals, a sample library building program or "architect's assignment," a community telephone survey form, tips for selecting an effective site, and sample planning guidelines for library staffing. (Contains 73 figures and tables and 32 references.) (BEW)
Descriptors: Building Plans, Community Attitudes, Data Analysis, Evaluation Methods, Facility Improvement, Interior Space, Library Administration, Library Services, Long Range Planning, Models, Needs Assessment, Public Libraries, Space Utilization, User Needs (Information)
Book Order Fulfillment, American Library Association, 155 North Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606-1719 (members: $27; non-members: $30).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Media Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: American Library Association, Chicago, IL.
Identifiers: Library Consultants; Requests for Proposals