ERIC Number: ED422908
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
National Survey of U.S. Public Libraries and the Internet, 1997. Final Report.
Bertot, John Carlo; McClure, Charles R.; Fletcher, Patricia Diamond
The purpose of this study was to obtain descriptive information about the nation's public library connectivity, use, and costs related to the Internet. The study gathered data from a national sample of public libraries from the period between May and July 1997. Unlike the 1994 and 1996 students, the 1997 study drew a new library sample that differed in 3 significant ways: (1) is used a larger sample size; (3) it did not use the region strata, but rather a metropolitan status strata; and (3) it used redefined population of legal service area strata. The findings presented suggest that there are numerous strategies and approaches for providing Internet-based services and resources to the public; there are numerous models for designing and deploying information technologies to provide access and services; there are multiple approaches and a range of different costs associated with providing these services that depend on local, situational factors that are very difficult to generalize; and that the diversity of public library Internet connectivity configurations, services and costs will continue to increase as libraries strive to provide network-based services in a rapidly evolving policy and technology context. The study limited its attention to the following key areas: budget spent on Internet-related services, technology deployment, and social issues. The data reported contribute to the ongoing effort to address these issues and topics for the public library community as well as for a range of policy makers at the federal, state and local settings. (AEF)
Descriptors: Costs, Government Role, Information Policy, Information Services, Information Technology, Internet, Library Networks, Library Services, Library Surveys, National Surveys, Online Systems, Public Libraries, Shared Resources and Services
American Library Association, Office for Information Technology Policy, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Suite 403, Washington, DC 200004; World Wide Web: http://www.ala.org/oitp
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, Washington, DC. National Program for Library and Information Services.
Authoring Institution: American Library Association, Washington, DC.