ERIC Number: ED224488
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
The Free Library and the Revitalization of Philadelphia. A Program for the 1980's.
Free Library of Philadelphia, PA.
Based on a study of the Free Library's current operations, including its financial support, expenditure, facilities, usage, staff, organizational structure, administrative proceedings, goals, objectives, and specific functions, a long-range plan for the library within the framework of Philadelphia's municipal finance limitations is developed. An outside consultant outlines a future program for the 1980's with five focal points: (1) a Knowledge Workshop and Resource Center for out-of-school adults; (2) a Reading and Media Center for Young People; (3) a series of small adult materials centers in local communities tailored to predominant local interests; (4) a People's University; and (5) a computerized City and Community Information Center. Present library services to be curtailed are also identified, including provision of study and assignment materials for school students, acquisition of light diversional material for leisure-time reading, and maintenance of adult nonfiction and fiction collections in branches. Examination of computerized information in the future program of the Free Library, with consideration of bibliographic, information, and full text databases, precedes a final section discussing implementation of the plan in two stages. The report provides separate prefaces for city and library officials and two appendices. (ESR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Free Library of Philadelphia, PA.