ERIC Number: ED417719
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Policy Issues & Strategies Affecting Public Libraries in the National Networked Environment: Moving beyond Connectivity.
Bertot, John Carlo; McClure, Charles R.
This report discusses selected issues regarding public library Internet connectivity, costs, and use. It discusses the implications of the "1997 Public Libraries and the Internet" study and presents policy recommendations related to the study's findings. This report suggests the importance of federal policy and library management in considering issues beyond simply connecting to the Internet. Questions about the unequal distribution of Internet connectivity, costs and provision of service across library population of legal service areas are raised. The 1997 Study used sample data from "Public Libraries in the United States: 1994," an annual public library data collection collaboration between the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS), and state library agencies. The report examines 10 Federal Information Policies: "Reaching 100% Public Library Connectivity"; "Importance of Internet-Based Services Rather than Connectivity"; "Universal Service"; "Subsidizing Public Library Connection Costs"; "Public Access to Electronic Government Information"; "Effectiveness of the Library Services and Technology Act for Public Libraries"; "Complexity of Internet-Related Costs"; "Need for a New National Data Collection Paradigm"; "Role of the Federal Government"; and "Multiple Federal Public Library Policies and Programs". In addition, nine Public Library Policy Issues are discussed: "Thinking Locally in a Global Networked Environment"; "The Endless Upgrade"; "Focus on Network-Based Services";"Identifying, Describing, and Defining Internet-Related Costs"; "Redeploying Library Resources"; "Comprehensive Internet Costs and Statistics Management"; "Performance Measures and Statistics for Networked Services"; "Resource Sharing"; and "New Models for Learning and Applying Internet Skills." (Contains 37 references.) (JAK)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Community Information Services, Costs, Data Collection, Geographic Distribution, Government Role, Information Dissemination, Information Networks, Information Policy, Internet, Library Policy, Library Role, Public Libraries, Public Policy, Shared Library Resources, Strategic Planning, Telecommunications, World Wide Web
U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, 1110 Vermont Ave., NW, Suite 820, Washington, DC 20005-3522. Electronic version: http://www.nclis.gov/
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Library Services and Technology Act 1996