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ERIC Number: ED352974
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Results of a Survey of Indiana State Document Depositories.
Obringer, Dave
A survey of the 13 Indiana state depository libraries was conducted in 1989 to determine the state of the state documents in these libraries, which had not been done since 1969. Indiana passed a law in 1973 to establish the Indiana State Document Depository System. All except one responded to a questionnaire which covered access, maintenance, interlibrary loan, personnel, and acquisition. The study, which is intended to provide a starting point for further discussion, found that: (1) there is no uniform level of attention given to documents at the depository libraries; (2) some state agencies are not committed to the depository system and must be solicited directly for materials; (3) the number of documents sent to the state library has dropped from the originally mandated 50-75 to 25, which leaves no margin for claims or requests from non-depository libraries; and (4) depository libraries do very little to promote their state document collections. It was concluded that there is a desperate need for a patron study, responsibility for which clearly falls to the depository libraries. With the added voice of potential users, libraries would have increased leverage in building valuable state information centers. A copy of the questionnaire is appended. (KRN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana