ERIC Number: ED158715
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Reference Count: 0
State Systems of Higher Education and Libraries: A Report for the Council on Library Resources.
Littleton, Isaac T.
A study was undertaken to investigate the role of state boards and systems of higher education in the statewide coordination and funding of public senior academic libraries. Data and information were gathered during the fall of 1976 and the summer of 1977 from on-site interviews with staff members of boards and systems of higher education in ten states outside North Carolina, and questionnaires were mailed to state agencies of higher education in all 50 states. Wide variations among states in the funding and planning for libraries necessitated that the information and data obtained be presented in descriptive and expository form. Results are presented in four chapters, one for each of the major areas investigated--planning for library development; the role of advisory committees of librarians; interlibrary cooperation; and funding. Major findings indicate that (1) although little uniformity exists among states in the methods of funding academic libraries, there is a trend toward the use of formulas in statewide funding patterns; (2) a wide variety of budget formulas are presently being used and it is not likely that an "ideal" formula will be universally adopted; (3) there is a growing trend in overall planning and coordination of library resources within states; and (4) practically every state now has either an official advisory committee or volunteer committees. A selective bibliography and a copy of the questionnaire are appended. (JPF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council on Library Resources, Inc., Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh.