ERIC Number: ED232646
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jan-12
Reference Count: N/A
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Working Paper.
Battelle Memorial Inst., Columbus, OH. Columbus Labs.
Based on observations made at the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) on September 8, 9, and 10, 1982 and on documents supplied by NLS, this report compares standards published in the 1979 document entitled "Standards of Service for the Library of Congress Network of Libraries for the Blind and Physically Handicapped" with five areas of NLS operations: (1) organization, administration, budget, and planning; (2) personnel and facilities; (3) resource development; (4) service to users; and (5) public education and information services. It is noted that NLS provides braille materials, cassettes, hard and flexible disk books, playback equipment and accessories, musical scores, books about music, and music instructional materials to eligible Americans living in the United States and abroad, by means of a cooperative network of libraries. The report states that NLS meets all the major standards for resource development and user service and that it meets or exceeds most of the other required standards. An NLS organizational chart and a list of nine recommendations for improving the internal operation of NLS and its service to the network are provided. (ESR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
Authoring Institution: Battelle Memorial Inst., Columbus, OH. Columbus Labs.