ERIC Number: ED305079
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Academic Libraries in Ohio. Progress through Collaboration, Storage, and Technology. Report of the Library Study Committee.
Ohio Board of Regents, Columbus.
Based on a study of the need for, and alternatives to, significant expansion of space for state college and university libraries, this report discusses the resultant recommendations, which address both the long term and the immediate space needs of the state's academic libraries. Following a description of the role of academic libraries and a discussion of the need for space for expanding collections and budgetary constraints, the focus of the committee's inquiry is examined by considering alternative solutions to the problem in three general areas: (1) collaboration, encompassing such issues as collaborative acquisitions, shared access/storage; (2) technology, including high density means of publication, e.g., microformats and optical disks; and (3) new storage techniques. Conclusions and recommendations for each of these three areas of investigation point to a need for highly efficient storage and library materials at lower costs, to a sharing of access to the pooled resources of Ohio's academic libraries, and to the benefits of future technological innovation. Six appendixes contained in 38 pages form the main body of the report. They include a summary of the study of Ohio's state-assisted colleges and universities on which this report is based; reports on site visits to the University of California, the University of Illinois, and Harvard University; a discussion of the book deterioration crisis; a review of available storage and retrieval technologies; comparable information about library facilities; and a proposal for the retrospective conversion of bibliographic records. (43 references) (CGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio Board of Regents, Columbus.