ERIC Number: ED371744
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Combined School and Public Libraries: Guidelines for Decision Making. Bulletin No. 94206.
Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison. Div. for Library Services.
The purpose of this document is to help communities and school districts determine whether a combined school and public library will be the best way to provide the most efficient library service for all community residents. A combined school and public library is one that is located in a single facility and operates cooperatively to perform the curriculum support functions associated with a school library, as well as to provide the broader library service needs of children, young adults, and adults that are commonly the focus of the public library. Topics covered in this document are: planning issues, including examples of mission statements; the legal framework for combined school-public libraries in the state of Wisconsin; and a list of key issues to be considered when examining the feasibility of establishing such a library. A feasibility checklist developed to help make a decision concerning library service is also included and covers planning, governance, administration and funding, access to information and materials, the physical facility, and attitudinal factors. Included in the appendices are: alternatives for improving library services; a selected bibliography; and descriptions of existing combined school-public libraries in Wisconsin. (JLB)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Library Administration, Library Cooperation, Library Planning, Library Role, Library Services, Mission Statements, Public Libraries, School Community Relationship, School Libraries, Shared Library Resources, State Programs, User Needs (Information)
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 125 S. Webster St., P.O. Box 7841, Madison, WI 53707 ($6).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison. Div. for Library Services.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin