ERIC Number: ED152310
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct-31
Reference Count: 0
Planning Space for the Government Documents Collection in Research Libraries.
Reynolds, Catherine J.
This report summarizes views of government documents librarians interviewed during visits to 17 large research libraries throughout the United States in 1977. Information was gathered to alert the prospective planner of new or remodeled libraries to the special characteristics and problems of government documents collections and some alternative ways of handling them. The report focuses on the location, spatial arrangements, and facilities of the separate documents division within a research library, particularly as its needs may differ from other library operations. Some of the specific topics covered include space for processing, reception and reference areas, user amenities, staff work space, records to be maintained, storage and stack areas, and the need for separate microform facilities. The most crucial needs for a separate documents collection identified during the study were an easy to find location; a concentration of staff resources; compact reference and user facilities; microform facilities and storage within the documents area; large stack areas near public and work areas; and facilities and amenities equal to those in other public areas of the library. (Author/JPF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council on Library Resources, Inc., Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A