ERIC Number: ED422026
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of INCOLSA: Indiana's Statewide Library and Information Network. Final Report.
Callison, Daniel; Pungitore, Verna L.
INCOLSA, Indiana's statewide library and information network was established in 1995 as the result of a voluntary merger of the state's 10 autonomous, mulitype library services agencies. An evaluation was conducted centered on services appearing under three major goals listed in the 1994 plan: (1) statewide information access and delivery; (2) resource development; and (3) network development. E-mail and mail surveys were used to measure member satisfaction with and perceptions of the importance of the services. Focus group data, existing network statistics and regional field reports also entered into the analyses. As a group, respondents tended to agree that INCOLSA provides those services listed under the Information Access and Delivery Goal relating to interlibrary loan, statewide borrowing, expansion of Internet access, Internet and telecommunications training, and OCLC FirstSearch services. With respect to services included under the second goal, Resource Development, most of the respondents agreed that INCOLSA provides an adequate calendar of continuing education, advanced technical training opportunities, adequate consulting services for resource sharing, increased incentives to participate in state database development, and opportunities for cooperative purchasing. A majority of respondents agreed with only two statements relating to Goal 3, Network Development, indicating that they felt that INCOLSA is providing services related to the establishment of partnerships and alliances, and keeping the membership informed of state information policies. The report contains numerous suggestions and recommendations based on the study's findings. Appendices contain the questionnaire, focus group instructions and questions, written comments from the surveys, and data from other reports. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority, Indianapolis.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana