ERIC Number: ED309783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Library Systems in New York State.
Griffiths, Jose-Marie; King, Donald W.
This comprehensive state-wide study of library systems in New York state describes them and analyzes the way they are working; compares that to the intent of library laws and regulations and to the needs of state residents for library services; and recommends changes where a need for them is indicated. (Three types of library systems are identified: Public Library Systems; the Reference and Research Library Resources Systems (RRLRS); and School Library Systems.) Five components were studied: (1) mission and services; (2) governance; (3) intersystem relationships and cooperation; (4) funding; and (5) measurement. Data were gathered through formal surveys; interviews; analysis of relevant reports; and meetings with various groups. The 117 individual types of services provided by library systems that were identified support libraries and citizens in five ways: enhancement of library services; performance of library operational functions; direct services to users; support of library development; and enhancement of cooperation and communication. The results of this study leave little doubt about the use, usefulness, and value of library systems in New York state, although some areas that need improvement are indicated. A lengthy summary of the study is followed by a list of the major recommendations and detailed analyses of the data for each of the areas studied. Appended materials include copies of the questionnaires, and data are displayed in 7 figures and 50 tables. (BBM)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Interviews, Learning Resources Centers, Library Networks, Library Services, Library Surveys, Operations Research, Public Libraries, Research Libraries, School Libraries, Shared Resources and Services, State Programs, Users (Information)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Div. of Library Development.
Authoring Institution: King Research, Inc., Rockville, MD.
Identifiers - Location: New York