ERIC Number: ED316231
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
New Era for Libraries. A Report from the Iowa Blue Ribbon Task Force on Libraries.
Iowa State Dept. of Cultural Affairs, Des Moines. State Library.
The Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs appointed a task force, to be chaired by the State Librarian of Iowa, to evaluate technologies available for libraries and potential uses for the technologies deemed valuable; discuss problems from the viewpoint of the library user in the establishment of cooperative programs; and develop a comprehensive long-range plan for library cooperation. In order of priority, the recommendations of the task force advocate: (1) support for multitype libraries (i.e., academic, public, school, special, and state) by transferring Iowa's approximately $1.5 million Library Services and Construction Act grant from the State Library to local libraries on a competitive bid basis; (2) an appropriation of $200,000 to the State Library to purchase an integrated, automated library system, and a $119,000 increase in appropriations for the State Library to cover costs of professional staff for statewide library automation consulting; (3) an increase of $4.1 million for "Information Iowa," which provides Iowans with access to materials and strengthens collections statewide; (4) expanded funds to cover the cost of a statewide delivery system and for the purchase and installation of a statewide telefacsimile network; (5) a statewide retrospective conversion of library records into machine-readable format; and (6) $550,000 to supplement interlibrary loan services in multitype libraries across the state. (SD)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Higher Education, Library Automation, Library Networks, Long Range Planning, Public Libraries, School Libraries, Shared Library Resources, Special Libraries, State Libraries, State Programs, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Cultural Affairs, Des Moines. State Library.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Library Services and Construction Act