ERIC Number: ED349001
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Improving and Extending Rural Library Services in Idaho.
Weatherby, James B.; And Others
This study of rural libraries in Idaho was designed to identify appropriate alternative local revenue sources to support library services as well as ways of improving the coordination and delivery of library services in the state and extending library access to unserved areas. Data were gathered from U.S. Bureau of the Census reports and special local government finance reports; field work conducted with library science instructors and practitioners; visits to both large and small libraries; a survey of 50 state libraries; and an extensive review of the professional literature. Public libraries in Idaho were also surveyed and state legislation affecting libraries was reviewed. Recommendations based on the findings include: (1) tax regulations should be changed to permit more local control over tax revenues for library services; (2) public libraries need to tie their efforts more closely with local and statewide development programs; (3) cooperative arrangements and research sharing should be an integral part of any comprehensive service delivery package for local libraries; (4) a statewide policy assuring a minimum level of service to all should be adopted; (5) libraries should develop plans to market their services in their local communities; and (6) the role of the Idaho State Library should be expanded to heighten the general level of library skills among local library staff. Six appendices include tables of financial data and the results of the survey of state libraries; a review of the literature by Diane Moskow-McKenzie; a report on the survey of state libraries; a description of the Nebraska Information Network; and the questionnaire for the Idaho library survey. (KRN)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Change Strategies, Computer Networks, Financial Policy, Financial Support, Library Development, Library Extension, Library Networks, Library Services, Library Surveys, Public Policy, Revenue Sharing, Rural Areas, State Aid, State Legislation, State Libraries
Boise State University, Public Affairs Program, 1910 University Drive, Boise, ID 83725 ($15).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Idaho State Board of Education, Boise.
Authoring Institution: Boise State Univ., ID.
Identifiers - Location: Idaho