ERIC Number: ED430576
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Importance of California Public Libraries in Increasing Public Access to the Internet: Findings from the InFoPeople Site Visits. Stage II Final Report.
Bertot, John Carlo; McClure, Charles R.; Ryan, Joe
In less than five years, the California State Library-sponsored InFoPeople project connected 46% of California's public libraries to the Internet and established a highly regarded, sustained training program to assist librarians in taking advantage of the new networked resources and services. The primary objective of this Stage II report was to conduct site visits at selected InFoPeople public libraries in the various regional planning areas throughout the state. Findings from the site visits and interviews that are presented in this report cover the following areas: public access to the Internet at public libraries throughout the state; impact of InFoPeople training; utility of the community plan requirement; utility of the community partner requirement; key impacts on library users and communities; key impacts on library operations and services; impact of InFoPeople's "Librarian's Index to the Internet"; future high impact information technology applications for public libraries; next steps for leveling the public library information technology playing field; and InFoPeople operations and services. Issues and recommendations for future InFoPeople directions are also presented. Appendices include the schedule of onsite evaluation interviews, profiles of libraries visited, the letter scheduling onsite visit and requesting information, and a profile of InFoPeople. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Peninsula Library System, San Mateo, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California