ERIC Number: ED185981
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Public Library Legislation at the Local and State Level.
Campbell, H. C.
Integration of local and national legislation is a necessity if libraries and library services for the public are to be well supported and widely available. Dating from the discovery of printing, local and national library legislation have gradually emerged to support libraries financially and to provide free service to the public, often without clear coordination of objectives and support arrangements. A model act that provides local as well as national objectives of library service may be found in Singapore. Some socialist countries have successfully enacted national laws integrating state and local regulations, while larger federated countries often exhibit disparity in integrated legislative systems. Since 1974 UNESCO has provided guidelines for national documentation, library, and archive infrastructure which are now being adopted by many nations. Political and legal influences generally shape library legislation. The fundamental steps involve determination of legislative intent, agreement on the expression of legislative policy, and the formulation of texts setting out agreed policies. Issues to be confronted include country wide standards of service, adequate supervision authority, financial support, and provision for future development and cooperative endeavors. These issues may be used to qualify existing legislation and to seek needed revision. (RAA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (45th, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 27-September 1, 1979). For related documents, see IR 008 306, IR 008 309-312, IR 008 326, IR 008 341, IR 008 352, IR 008 359, IR 008 369, and IR 008 371. Best copy available.