ERIC Number: ED114058
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Books by Mail Service; A Conference Report (Las Vegas, Nevada, June 23, 1973).
Kim, Choong H.; Sexton, Irwin M.
When representatives of public libraries with programs to deliver books to patrons by mail met in Las Vegas, Nevada, in June of 1973, the conference brought to a sharp focus the emergence of two different types of books by mail (BBM) programs. One is the urban or metropolitan program serving the four to six percent of the urban population who are homebound, elderly, or institutionbound or who find mail service more convenient. Another is the rural program serving from 8 to over 40 percent of a local population hitherto unserved by public libraries. The reading interests shown by BBM patrons reflect the general reading patterns of the local area. Staff cost is the largest cost factor in both urban and rural programs. In rural programs, maintenance of a separate paperback collection and creation of a catalog for the BBM program are the second and third ranking cost factors. In most areas, the BBM program complements rather than competing with or replacing the existing standard library services. The conference report includes an extensive summary and 13 presented papers. (Author/PF)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Univ., Terre Haute. Dept. of Library Science.; Council on Library Resources, Inc., Washington, DC.