ERIC Number: ED239641
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Round Table Mobile Libraries Section. Libraries Serving the General Public Division. Papers.
International Federation of Library Associations, The Hague (Netherlands).
Two papers on mobile libraries were presented at the 1983 International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) conference. In "The Development, Tasks, and Organization of Mobile Libraries in West Germany," Horst Buschendorf describes the history of mobile libraries in West Germany since 1926 and notes that there are currently 150 such libraries, working mainly with schools and old and young people's homes. Buschendorf outlines advantages and disadvantages of mobile libraries; points to be considered when deciding if a particular commmunity is best served by a mobile or a permanent library; and vehicular, book and magazine stock, personnel, scheduling, and advertising requirements for successful mobile library operation. Also described are types of government support for mobile library services and projects conducted by the Deutsches Bibliotheksinstitut Commission of Mobile Libraries. The second paper presents "Draft Guidelines for the Equipment and Operation of Mobile Libraries" developed by the IFLA Round Table Mobile Libraries Section. Guidelines cover operating field possibilities; the construction and interior of mobile libraries; the construction and interior of garages and fixed location book storage areas, working-rooms, and offices for mobile libraries; and the composition and size of mobile library collections. Detailed vehicular and building specifications and drawings are provided, with nine possible types of vehicles shown. (ESR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Federation of Library Associations, The Hague (Netherlands).
Identifiers - Location: West Germany