ERIC Number: ED250004
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
OCLC Public Access Terminals in Small and Medium-Sized Libraries. Illinois Valley Library System OCLC Experimental Project, Report No. 6.
Bills, Linda G.
From January 1980 through December 1982 the Illinois Valley Library System (IVLS) and 33 of its participating libraries conducted an experimental project to test the costs and benefits of OCLC use in small and medium-sized libraries. A series of 8 reports on the project have been produced, and the tables from the first report, which give descriptive statistics for the project libraries, are included as Appendix A of the present document. The sixth in the series, this report describes the use of public access OCLC terminals in the participating libraries. During the project OCLC terminals were placed for 6-month periods in public areas of most of the libraries. This report covers public and staff use of these terminals, their attitudes and reactions, and the effect that public access had on interlibrary loan and on the decision to continue or not continue using OCLC after the project. Appendices, which make up more than half the report, include statistical information on project libraries and a map of the IVLS; public access terminal schedule; project brochure; instructional signs for public access terminals; figures for interlibrary loan activity for each library having a public access terminal; patron questionnaire; and staff interviews concerning public access terminals. (THC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Library, Springfield.