ERIC Number: ED331542
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-10
Reference Count: N/A
Parkland College LRC/Library Adequacy.
In Spring 1991, the LRC (Learning Resources Center)/library at Parkland College (PC) was quantitatively assessed in terms of staff size, collection size, budget allocation, circulation, and space allocation. Adequacy indicators from fiscal year (FY) 1991 and FY90 were compared to those from FY88. In addition, PC's LRC/library was compared to measures averaged from other selected community colleges in Illinois, and to the 1990 Quantitative Standards for Two-Year College Learning Resources Programs produced by the American Library Association (ALA). Analysis of the data revealed that: (1) although PC's 1991 LRC/library staff had been reduced by 7.75 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions since 1988, its current FTE was consistent with the average across the state and was greater than the minimum recommended by the ALA; (2) PC's 1991 LRC/library book collection included almost 9,000 more titles than in FY88, more than 30,000 more books than the average for Illinois community colleges, and exceeded the ALA "excellent" rating by almost 15,000 volumes; (3) PC's FY91 library budget allocation, representing 3.4% of the total college operating budget and an increase of 0.2% over FY88, was 0.4% less than the average allocation for the Illinois community colleges, and was below the ALA minimum standard; (4) the college's LRC/library circulation transactions, totaling almost 90,000 in FY90, were almost 30,000 greater than in FY88, amounting to more than two-and-one-half times the average for Illinois community colleges; and (5) as a result of reorganization at PC, the LRC/library had lost over 2,400 assigned square feet, falling 20,000 square feet short of the ALA minimum standard. Overall, PC's LRC/library was performing well, although recent budget cutbacks affecting staffing and materials continued to threaten adequacy. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Parkland Coll., Champaign, IL.