ERIC Number: ED191500
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Combined School and Public Library in Olney, Texas.
Kitchens, James A.
The dedication in June 1979 of a newly constructed library facility in Olney, Texas, brought together the collections of the school and public libraries, which had been administered as a single unit with one board, library coordinator, and budget, since 1974. A study conducted to evaluate the coordinated library which existed from 1974 to 1979 examined the operation of the library both from the administrative point of view and on a day-to-day basis, problems which arose and their solutions, community attitudes toward the library, and the advantages and disadvantages of such library services. Some 60 persons responded to open-ended questions in hour-long interviews, including library personnel, teachers, students, community leaders, and community residents. Minutes of the various boards involved and all written documents relevant to the research were also examined. A discussion of the findings includes descriptions of the library operations being studied--i.e., the library board, funding, administration and budgeting, censorship, and new programs--as well as advantages of this approach to library service, and factors which were important to its success. (RAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Library Association (New York, NY, June 29-July 5, 1980). For related documents, see ED 093 292 and ED 184 586.