ERIC Number: ED442453
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Infopowering the Commonwealth. Virginia's Public Libraries: Electronic Resource Libraries for 21st Century Information. A Strategic Technology Plan for Public Libraries to the Joint Commission on Science and Technology.
Virginia State Library, Richmond.
This strategic technology plan for Virginia's public libraries presents current findings, recommendations, and the steps required to achieve universal access to electronic information. Introductory material includes lists of members of the Library of Virginia Board and Technology Plan Committee, an executive summary, and vision statement. The first section provides background on the national and state networking environment, including the Internet, Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996, Universal Service Fund, developments in the Commonwealth, the Virginia Library and Information Network, and the current status of public access via Virginia's public libraries. The second section summarizes recommendations related to infrastructure, content, acceptable Internet use policy, retrospective conversion of bibliographic records, and monitoring and evaluation. The third section presents three-year costs for the recommendations. Appendices include a survey of public and staff access to the Internet at Virginia public libraries, the 1998 Lynch report, a map of Virginia public libraries providing public access to the Internet, Internet costs, content costs, and Library of Virginia staff support costs. (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Library, Richmond.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia