ERIC Number: ED210031
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Cable Library Survey Results.
Public Service Satellite Consortium, Washington, DC.
This report summarizes a survey of 198 libraries which had been identified as potential cable libraries which assessed: (1) to what extent a national satellite cable library network might already be in technical existence, (2) how many libraries are connected to cooperative cable companies with satellite hardware and excess receiver capacity, and (3) of that number, how many cable libraries would be interested in participating in satellite-assisted library services and video-teleconferences. Questionnaire and telephone interview responses indicated that the majority of the libraries surveyed recognized the need to expand their community service roles through some use of telecommunications. It was also found that if joining with cable systems to provide satellite program receiving locations was a method of improving community services without making demands on the library's budget, the concept was worth exploring individually on an operational basis. A list of pros and cons for a national satellite cable library network, and a discussion of potential avenues for financing close-circuit satellite events are also provided. (Author/MER)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Public Service Satellite Consortium, Washington, DC.