ERIC Number: ED398937
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Idaho's Network of Libraries: A Statewide Plan for Multi-Type Library Cooperation and Resource Sharing 1996-1999.
Bolles, Charles A.
This plan describes the status of multi-library cooperation and resource sharing in Idaho and outlines possible ways of developing an infrastructure which supports those activities. The end result will be regional multi-type library organizations with well-developed governance structures which support resource sharing activities locally, regionally, and statewide through the use of appropriate technology. The primary focus of the plan is on statewide and state-level library activities. The plan is intended to provide a broad framework for statewide planning activities, as well as to provide Idaho librarians, library policy makers, and funding authorities with a framework for local library planning efforts. The plan defines and describes eight goals: (1) every Idahoan is able to access and use information and library services; (2) every Idaho library has direct access to stable, cost-effective telecommunications; (3) every Idahoan has access to local, community, statewide, regional, national, and international information systems containing library holdings, government information, and reference sources; (4) every Idahoan receives requested information in an appropriate format and a timely manner; (5) every Idaho library has full access to a program of statewide and regional network services; (6) every Idaho librarian has the training and support necessary to participate in multi-type library cooperation and resource sharing; (7) members of the Idaho library community understand their roles in statewide resource sharing and actively participate in an ongoing planning and evaluation process for multi-type library cooperation and resource sharing; and (8) Idaho libraries and their parent/funding organizations are aware of and accept the responsibility for the financial, contractual, and logistical considerations needed to support statewide multi-type library cooperation and resource sharing. A list of library cooperative groups is provided. (SWC)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Information Technology, Interlibrary Loans, Librarians, Library Collections, Library Cooperation, Library Education, Library Expenditures, Library Funding, Library Instruction, Library Networks, Library Services, Reference Materials, Reference Services, Search Strategies, Shared Library Resources, State Programs, Statewide Planning, User Needs (Information)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Idaho State Library, Boise.
Identifiers - Location: Idaho