ERIC Number: ED073792
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Urban Central Library: Development Alternatives for San Francisco.
Little (Arthur D.), Inc., San Francisco, CA.; Bolles (John S.) Associates, San Francisco, CA.
The purposes of the study which this report describes were to assist the San Francisco Public Library in further documenting the need for a new main library building, to consider financial alternatives, to recommend a site, and to develop a program of facility requirements for the future. Although not an organizational study, it has considered the problem of defining the future role of central service, developed data on patterns of library use by the system-wide user, and considered the impact of extending existing services and developing new services, as well as the effect of expected changes in existing operations and new technology on main library facilities. Because information on the library user was almost nonexistent in San Francisco, a major portion of the study effort was allocated to a system-wide and main library user survey as well as a staff and children's questionnaire. No comprehensive survey of the library user had ever been done, and the present circulation system is not an efficient vehicle for data collection and analysis. The results of the survey document the extent of existing use of the library system. This data can be used as a base line for updating the library's knowledge of the user and his patterns of use during the next three decades. (Author)
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Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC.; San Francisco Public Library Commission, CA.
Authoring Institution: Little (Arthur D.), Inc., San Francisco, CA.; Bolles (John S.) Associates, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California (San Francisco)