ERIC Number: ED415918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
The Status of Federal Libraries and Information Centers in the United States: Results from the 1994 Federal Libraries and Information Centers Survey. Statistical Analysis Report.
Hawkins, Evelyn F.; Rossi, Robert J.
The data collected through the 1994 Federal Libraries and Information Centers Survey present a picture of federal libraries and information centers that provide a wide variety of services to their respective agencies as well as to the general public. Federal libraries and information centers reported holding over 51 million volumes or volume equivalents in print and about 625,000 current serial subscriptions. In addition, about half of these federal libraries and information centers indicated providing centralized technical services and selective dissemination of information services; about two in five reported providing professional consultation services and preparing published bibliographies; and about one in three reported producing publications other than bibliographies and providing outreach services such as bookmobiles, clinical and circuit libraries, and regional services. More than half of the federal libraries and information centers either included the general public in their clientele or reported having services available to the public. These libraries have responded to the advanced technology revolution. About one third of the federal libraries and information centers indicated they maintain some electronic collections, and the majority of respondents indicated that they have available the more common technologies such as fax, e-mail, CD-ROM, local area networks (LANs), and Internet access. The report contains an executive summary, introduction and three chapters: (1) Services; (2) Collections and Expenditures; and (3) Staff. Appendices include: the 1994 Federal Libraries and Information Centers Survey; technical notes--survey, data collection, and statistical procedures; and tables of standard errors and response rates. (SWC)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Federal Library and Information Center Committee, Washington, DC.; National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC.