ERIC Number: ED239617
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Branch Libraries in ARL Institutions. SPEC Kit 99.
Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC. Office of Management Studies.
In response to a May 1983 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) survey, 94 university library members (90% of this category of ARL membership) provided information and documents about current library branches, changes during the last 5 years, and current and planned automation activities. It was found that 63 respondents (68%) considered their library systems centralized, with a main library and/or central processing facilities; that 94 respondents listed 1,008 branches with either centralized systems administering an average of 6.4 branches or decentralized systems administering an average of 12.6 units; and that 58 libraries (65%) reported branch library automation, with most projects involving circulation systems (40) and online catalogs (14). This document presents survey results; policy statements regarding branch libraries from Iowa State University and University of Kentucky; documents on closing or consolidating branches from Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, and Queen's University; documents on establishing new branches from University of Chicago, University of New Mexico, and State University of New York, Albany; and documents on automation from Queen's University and University of Texas, Austin. Also provided are a 7-item bibliography on branch libraries, centralization, and decentralization; a concise summary of related issues and trends; and an evaluation sheet for this ARL Systems and Procedures Exchange Center (SPEC) kit. (ESR)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Branch Libraries, Centralization, Decentralization, Higher Education, Library Administration, Library Automation, Library Surveys, Position Papers, Program Descriptions
Association of Research Libraries, Office of Management Studies, Systems and Procedures Exchange Center, 1527 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036 ($15.00 per copy for nonmembers; $7.50 per copy for members).
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC. Office of Management Studies.