ERIC Number: ED306979
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Status and Prospects of Library/Learning Resource Centers at Michigan Community Colleges.
Platte, James P., Ed.
In 1986, a study was conducted to examine the status of the libraries and learning resource centers (LRC's) at Michigan community colleges. A questionnaire was used to gather background on the colleges, and information on the types and scope of services provided by the libraries/LRC's, their organizational structure, resource allocation, and key issues and trends in resources and services. In addition, the study inventoried learning resources and gathered data on their use. Study findings, based on responses from 29 library/LRC directors, included the following: (1) all of the libraries/LRCs provided traditional reference, research, and bibliographic support to students and faculty; (2) 15 colleges reported involvement in the production of audio, video, graphics, and photographic products; (3) six provided learning lab instruction and supervision, and six offered tutorial services; (4) 23 circulated books to the community; (5) two-thirds were involved in some form of television-supported instruction; (6) one-half reported that their collections increased between 20% and 60% from 1978 to 1986, however, circulation figures per student remained almost identical; (7) overall, the total number of circulation transactions for all print and nonprint materials and equipment decreased by 12.6% for the same period; (8) the number of full-time professionals staffing the libraries/RCs decreased from 327 in 1978 to 297 in 1986, while part-time employment was up 80%; and (9) general operating budgets increased 68% over 1978 budgets. The survey instrument is appended. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan Community Coll. Association, Lansing.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan