ERIC Number: ED346863
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Board of Libraries Access Task Force. Final Report.
Vermont State Dept. of Libraries, Montpelier.
This report is the result of a task force's examination of factors that promote or discourage access to public libraries, i.e., economic, educational, social, attitudinal, physical, and geographical factors. It begins by identifying the seven issues that the study focused on: (1) what makes a person feel welcome and comfortable in a public library; (2) how librarians and trustees can develop lifelong library users; (3) whether charging library fees affects access; (4) how public perception promotes or inhibits wider library use; (5) how links with other libraries and the community can be strengthened to increase access; (6) whether the mission statement of Vermont public libraries has changed from the past; (7) how librarians and trustees can remove barriers and comply with federal and state laws; and (8) how the training of librarians, staff, and trustees increases the public's ability to access information. A brief description of the current status of access to Vermont public libraries is provided together with some questions for the future. An outline of recommendations for improving access as it relates to these issues is then presented which contains references to the more detailed discussions of these recommendations that conclude the report. Appended materials include: (1) a "Test Your Attitude" guide for librarians and trustees; (2) sample Vermont library publicity materials; (3) a draft for library employee salary ranking; (4) a discussion of library fees and a selected bibliography; (5) a draft of the Vermont interlibrary loan code; (6) guidelines for Vermont public library service to children; (7) a guide for answering children's reference questions; (8) a list of library barriers children face; (9) the resolutions suggested by the task force; and (10) a form requesting feedback on the report from librarians. (MAB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Vermont State Dept. of Libraries, Montpelier.
Identifiers - Location: Vermont