ERIC Number: ED124154
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-May
Reference Count: N/A
Public Library Service for San Benito County.
A sparsely populated, agricultural area, San Benito County (California) provides library services in conjunction with the Hollister city library and in cooperation with the San Juan Bautista city library. Financing comes from the county general fund. There are no written goals or policy statements and no professionally trained librarians. As indicated by an opinion survey, citizens appreciate the existing library service and are aware of its limitations. The presence of these limitations is verified in a comparison of the county's library services with others of similar size and wealth and with commonly accepted library standards. Some possibilities for improvement are: the formation of an advisory board to aid the library and advise the county supervisors; a specific library tax; a materials selection policy and some collection weeding; expanded services; and hiring of trained librarians. The recommended plan calls for contracting for bookmobile and administrative services from Santa Clara County, joining the South Bay Cooperative Library System, bringing the San Bautista library into the county system, hiring trained staff, and expanding the materials budget. Survey instruments, data tables, and other working papers for the study are appended. (LS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Library, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California