ERIC Number: ED330359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Alternative Models of Service, Centralized Braille Operations. Phase II Report. Volume I.
Technology Management Corp., Alexandria, VA.
A study was conducted to determine if the centralization of braille operations for the national free library program would be feasible, economical, and desirable. This report presents the findings of the study in three sections. Section 1 provides background information, a summary of the first phase of operations, and the study objective for phase two. The analysis of distribution presented in Section 2 identifies several criteria that were applicable to the determination of the best distribution network for centralized braille operations, the most important criteria being minimization of delivery time of braille books to patrons, minimization of labor costs, and minimization of occupancy costs. It is noted that this determination required the formulation and evaluation of a mathematical model of the network, and an examination of specific, relevant information on potential locations for the center(s). Section 3 presents macro-level operating procedures, workload requirements, resource requirements, and estimated costs for centralized braille operations. Discussions in this section focus on workload requirements; operating procedures; labor requirements and estimated costs; occupancy requirements and estimated costs; and all other requirements and estimated costs. It was concluded that centralized braille operations would enable the national free library program to realize significant cost reductions, and that both service and available book selection would be improved, as well as the control and accountability of the national collection of braille and the accountability of braille circulation. An executive summary is provided, and appended tables, charts, and maps provide statistical profiles related to these issues. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
Authoring Institution: Technology Management Corp., Alexandria, VA.