ERIC Number: ED316239
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
Toward the Twenty-First Century. Public Supported Academic Libraries and the State Library in South Dakota. Report of a Study-Team. Publication 87-6.
Eaton, Nancy; And Others
This report documents the findings of a study that examined library and information services in South Dakota's state-supported academic libraries, the first such study conducted in 15 years. The state library and six schools--University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, Black Hills State College, Dakota State College, Northern State College, and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology--were visited by a study team appointed by the Executive Director of the South Dakota Board of Regents. Institution presidents, librarians, library staff members, faculty library committee members, students, and chief academic officers were asked to describe the problems and potentials they perceived at their particular institution's libraries. The six broad topics reviewed were management, organization, access, collections, technology, and funding. Overall, it was discovered that a chronic imbalance exists between South Dakota's academic library commitment and the resources that are actually available. The major crisis is identified as the need to staff South Dakota libraries effectively; currently, library personnel are severely overworked. Other concerns and possible solutions are evaluated by topic. A sample reciprocal borrowing agreement as well as guidelines relating to access policy, bibliographic instruction, and collection development policies are appended. (SD)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Administrative Policy, Higher Education, Interviews, Library Personnel, Library Statistics, Library Technical Processes, Long Range Planning, Needs Assessment, Organizational Objectives, State Libraries, State Surveys, Technological Advancement, User Satisfaction (Information)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Dakota Board of Regents, Pierre.
Identifiers - Location: South Dakota