ERIC Number: ED405900
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Sources of Library Funding. Final Report.
Minnesota Higher Education Services Office, St. Paul.
Minnesota's libraries provide public access to information technologies and teach the skills necessary to use them. The challenge is to leverage these organizations, largely funded and nurtured at the local level, so that they will be an effective and efficient part of a statewide information infrastructure. In this report, the Minnesota Library Planning Task Force provides recommendations to implement five strategies to adapt library financing and decision-making structures to the state's changing information needs. These recommendations would lower barriers to library cooperation, provide incentives for libraries to collaborate and share resources, reduce disparities in library services, and enable all libraries to increase their efficiency through technology and cooperation. Strategies include: (1) target state funds strategically to leverage efficient and thorough implementation of information technologies in order to improve cooperative access to library collections; (2) reinforce local responsibilities for providing adequate library services as part of a statewide effort; (3) focus and strengthen library governance and administrative structures; (4) include school library media centers in all state library initiatives; and (5) identify new sources of library funding. The report contains: a task force member list; Vision Statement; Introduction and Charge; Challenges: Minnesota Libraries in the Information Age; Recommended State Strategies; Appendix A: Current Sources of Library Funding Summary; and Appendix B: Preliminary Report on Sources of Library Funding, which comprises more than half the document. (Author/SWC)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Change Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Technology, Library Administration, Library Automation, Library Cooperation, Library Funding, Library Networks, Library Planning, Library Services, School Libraries, Shared Library Resources, State Aid, Statewide Planning, Strategic Planning, Technological Advancement, User Needs (Information)
Minnesota Higher Education Services Office, 400 Capital Square, 550 Cedar St., St. Paul, MN 55101.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Higher Education Services Office, St. Paul.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota