ERIC Number: ED232668
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jan-31
Reference Count: N/A
The State-of-the-Network: An Evaluation of NLS, the Regional Libraries, and the Multistate Centers in Relation to ALA Standards of Service for Blind and Physically Handicapped Readers. Final Report.
Smalley, Ann Walker; Mendenhall, Kathryn
This report is a state-of-the-network summary of the data collected for a systematic application of the standards developed by the American Library Association in 1979 to the agencies involved in a cooperative network by the Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). Based on a synthesis of the qualitative and quantitative data obtained from 2-day site visits to the 56 regional libraries, NLS, and the four multistate centers (including interviews and observation), documents supplied by the agencies, and questionnaires, the report provides a brief review of the background, purpose, and methodology of the study as an introduction to detailed discussions of the results. Findings are presented under five major headings: (1) organization, administration, budget, and planning; (2) personnel and facilities; (3) resource development; (4) service to users; and (5) public education and information. Recommendations, related to each of these areas, which require cooperative action by various components of the network conclude the report. Data are presented in tables and figures in both the text and the appendices, and a list of the members of the Standards Advisory Board is included. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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.