ERIC Number: ED314077
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Library Systems in New York State. Summary.
Griffiths, Jose-Marie; King, Donald W.
This summary of the final report of a statewide study of library systems in New York State begins by providing background information on the library systems and changes that have occurred since the last system study was conducted in 1967. The methodology of the current study is then described, and the mission and services of library systems identified by the study are discussed under five headings: (1) Enhancement of Library Services; (2) Performance of Library Operational Functions; (3) Direct Services to Users; (4) Support of Library Development; and (5) Enhancement of Cooperation and Communications. Basic library system services are outlined for public library systems (PLS), reference and research library resources systems (RRLRS), and school library systems (SLS). Findings on intersystem relationships and cooperation are also reported, as well as the governance of library systems, library system funding, and state-level responsibility. The major conclusions of the study are presented under the headings of the Role of Library Systems in New York State, Performance of Library Systems, Economies of Scale of Library Systems, Gaps in Services and Funding, Balancing Local Autonomy and Accountability, and The Need for Continued Cooperation. The report concludes by listing the study's major recommendations in the areas of library system services, structure and intersystem relationships, governance, funding, measurement, and state-level responsibility. (SD)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Interviews, Learning Resources Centers, Library Networks, Library Research, Library Services, Library Surveys, Operations Research, Public Libraries, School Libraries, Shared Resources and Services, State Aid, State Programs, Users (Information)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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