ERIC Number: ED403912
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Public Libraries, Communities, and Technology: Twelve Case Studies.
Council on Library Resources, Inc., Washington, DC.
The Council on Library Resources, which for many years has identified library issues and developed new approaches to library operations, is interested in addressing the challenges public libraries face in an era of information revolution. Through a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Council has established a program to study innovation in the use of information technology by public libraries to serve local communities. The Council conducted site visits and interviews with library administrators, staff, and patrons at 12 public libraries across the country. The Council prepared case studies which discuss: serving the local community, the need for vision, common values, evolving roles, the challenge of partnerships, libraries and community-based information networks, staffing and training, and the need for buildings and space. The following libraries were studied: (1) Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, New York; (2) Broward County Library, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; (3) Camden County Library, Voorhees, New Jersey; (4) Cedar Falls Public Library, Cedar Falls, Iowa; (5) Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, North Carolina; (6) Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Charlottesville, Virginia; (7) Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, Ohio; (8) Georgetown County Library, Georgetown, South Carolina; (9) Livingston County Library, Chillicothe, Missouri; (10) Mid-Peninsula Library Cooperative, Iron Mountain, Michigan; (11) Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and (12) Seattle Public Library, Seattle, Washington. Appendices include a letter sent to public libraries, selected library statistics, and related resources. (Author/SWC)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Community Services, Information Technology, Library Automation, Library Cooperation, Library Extension, Library Facilities, Library Planning, Library Role, Library Services, Public Libraries, Users (Information)
Council on Library Resources, 1400 16th St., N.W., Suite 715, Washington, DC 20036-2217 ($15).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: Council on Library Resources, Inc., Washington, DC.