ERIC Number: ED282586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Survey of Library Networks and Cooperative Library Organizations: 1985-86.
King Research, Inc., Rockville, MD.; Enterprises for New Directions, Inc., Washington, DC.
This survey is designed both to update data reported in the survey of library networks and cooperative organizations conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics in 1977-78 and to provide more specific data that will make possible more sophisticated analyses of the status of library networks and cooperative library organizations. Survey data were gathered by means of a questionnaire mailed to 968 library networks and a telephone survey of 122 networks randomly chosen from a sample of the 394 that did not respond to the questionnaire plus an additional 82 networks; a total of 678 valid responses were received. Analyses of the data are reported in discussions of library networks and cooperative library organizations; major network services, activities and resources; staffing patterns of library networks; and funds received and operating expenditures incurred by library networks. Based on these analyses and comparison with the findings of the 1977-78 survey, it was concluded that: (1) library networks in the United States are experiencing healthy growth; (2) library networks are providing more services to more participants for less money in 1985-86 than in 1977-78; (3) federal grants received by library networks in 1985-86 are estimated to be about 9% of all funds received; and (4) library networks are much more self-sustaining in 1985-86 than in 1977-78. The text is supplemented by six tables. Appendices include 17 supporting tables from the 1985-86 survey and 14 from the 1977-78 survey; the questionnaire and instructions from both surveys; errata and addenda to the library networks list; and a statistical analysis of the reliability of the survey results. (KM)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: King Research, Inc., Rockville, MD.; Enterprises for New Directions, Inc., Washington, DC.
Note: Several tables contain small print.