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ERIC Number: ED324001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
The Bookmobile, A Service Mechanism for the Nineties? Final Report.
Boyce, Bert R.; Boyce, Judith I.
Representing the culmination of a project undertaken at the Louisiana State University School of Library and Information Science, this two-part report evaluates the feasibility of using bookmobiles as a resource expansion mechanism for public libraries in the future, and provides an overview of current bookmobile services. The report, which is based on the results of a telephone survey and a literature review, begins by presenting three bibliographies of bookmobile literature from the United States as well as from international sources. Comprising two-thirds of the document, the bibliographies cover monographs (87 references), reports (53 references), and journals (329 references from 89 unique journals), and are arranged alphabetically by author. The survey, which makes up the second part of the report, approached a population of 448 libraries known to have provided bookmobile service in 1987. Of the 446 that responded, 440 still provided such service at the time of data collection. It was found that there were between 1,130 and 1,200 bookmobiles in the United States in 1988, and that more than one-third of the major public library systems provided bookmobile service, with approximately 6% of their total circulation coming from bookmobiles. It is predicted that in the coming decade, collections will include more video and audio material and will emphasize material for children and the elderly. (SD)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council on Library Resources, Inc., Washington, DC.
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