ERIC Number: ED398932
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The 1996 National Survey of Public Libraries and the Internet: Progress and Issues. Final Report.
Bertot, John Carlo; And Others
This 1996 National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) survey gathered data from a national sample of public libraries concerning the current level of public library involvement with the Internet. The purpose of this study was to: (1) provide policymakers, researchers, and library professionals with longitudinal data that measured changes in public library Internet involvement since the first survey in 1994; (2) identify costs for public library Internet services; and (3) identify issues and inform the policy debate concerning public library roles in the electronic networked environment. This final report is divided into three sections: Introduction; Study Results; and Progress and Issues. The introduction discusses the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and the Library Services and Construction Act/Library Services and Technology Act; intellectual property and the National Information Infrastructure; and an electronic federal depository library program. The second section discusses study methodology; public library demographics; accessing the Internet; the current state of public library Internet connectivity; Internet uses and public access services; and benefits to connecting to the Internet. The third section focuses on disparities; connectivity versus services; the goal of universal service; quality of network services; the life cycle of public library Internet development; and preparation for the next survey. Appendices include the survey instrument, survey alert, and cover letter, and information about the authors. (Contains 27 references, and 45 figures that present survey data.) (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Costs, Demography, Depository Libraries, Information Policy, Information Services, Internet, Library Development, Library Role, Library Services, Library Surveys, Longitudinal Studies, Public Libraries
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328; U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, 1110 Vermont Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20005-3522. Electronic version at http://www.nclis.gov/
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, Washington, DC.