ERIC Number: ED424871
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Managing Food and Drink in ARL Libraries. SPEC Kit 237.
Soete, George J., Comp.
SPEC Kit, n237 Sep 1998
This survey was conducted to determine to what extent ARL (Association of Research Libraries) libraries permit food and drink to be consumed in library facilities, whether there has been a shift in recent times toward a liberalization of policy and practice, how restrictions are enforced, and whether there are particularly successful strategies for the management of food and drink. Results indicate that, although there have been some recent changes in ARL libraries' programs, most do not permit the consumption of food and drink in general use areas. Out of the 72 libraries responding to the survey, 71% prohibit food and drink entirely, and 29% permit food and drink--most with restrictions. Leading reasons for the restriction of food and drink included: preservation of library materials; maintenance of a healthy environment; and protection of the facility, furniture, and equipment; and pest control. A copy of the survey with tabulation of responses is provided. Representative documents include: (1) general policies and regulations from 12 universities; (2) planning documents from the University of Oregon; (3) policies and guidelines for staff from six universities; and (4) signs from two universities. Contains a list of selected resources. SPEC Flyer 237 summarizes survey results. (DLS)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Food, Higher Education, Library Associations, Library Facilities, Library Personnel, Library Policy, Library Research, Library Surveys, Questionnaires, Research Libraries, Signs, Trend Analysis, Users (Information)
Association of Research Libaries (ARL), 21 Dupont Circle, NW, Washington, DC. 20036 ($40; $25 ARL members; plus $6 each shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC. Office of Leadership and Management Services.