ERIC Number: ED426698
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Electronic Resources in Ohio Prison Libraries.
LaPoint, Virginia A.
Traditionally, libraries have had a role of providing equitable access for those who might not otherwise have access, and this role continues today in implementing access to electronic resources. However, there are special problems in applying this mission to prison libraries. A short history of automation in prison libraries is followed by a description of the current environment that prison libraries operate in, along with a notation of current standards and the current lack of research in this area. A survey questionnaire was sent to librarians of the 29 state prison libraries currently operating in Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Twenty-two responded to the survey, for a response rate of 76%. This research paper analyzes and describes a variety of data regarding institution capacity, OPACs (online public access catalogs), CD-ROMs, modems, Internet access, cooperative networks and interlibrary loan activity, periodicals, and perceptions about electronic resources in Ohio prison libraries. The data indicate that most prison librarians think the addition of electronic resources can save space, save costs, and provide better access to information. Some of the benefits of implementation are described, and suggestions are made to address the problems hindering implementation. The cover letter, questionnaire, and data tables are appended. (Author/DLS)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Information Technology, Internet, Library Automation, Library Collection Development, Library Funding, Library Materials, Library Networks, Library Research, Library Role, Library Services, Library Standards, Library Surveys, Modems, Online Catalogs, Optical Data Disks, Prison Libraries, Questionnaires, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio