Assessing the Public Library Planning Process

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995 - Education - 211 pages
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Documents the development and use of the public library planning process and assesses its value, offering recommendations for improving the use of the process and for revising its planning manual, Planning and Role Setting for Public Libraries: A Manual of Options and Procedures. Reviews research on the effectiveness of the 1980 and 1987 versions of the manual and analyzes their differences, looking at librarians' satisfaction with the process and the manual. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
 

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Contents

Comprehensive Planning and the Public Library Planning Process
1
COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING FOR LIBRARIES
2
DESCRIPTION OF A PLANNING PROCESS FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES
10
LIBRARIES EXPERIENCES WITH A PLANNING PROCESS FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES
12
SUMMARY
23
Lessons Learned From Libraries Experiences with A Planning Process for Public Libraries
25
AUTHORS CONCLUSIONS BASED ON THREE SOUTHERN LIBRARIES EXPERIENCES
26
RECOMMENDATIONS OF LIBRARIANS AND OTHERS WHO USED AND STUDIED A PLANNING PROCESS FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES
46
NEGATIVE COMMENTS
108
SUMMARY
112
Satisfaction With Planning And Role Setting for Public Libraries and Recommendations for Its Use and Improvement
113
SATISFACTION AND PROBLEMS REPORTED IN THE LITERATURE
114
SATISFACTION PROBLEMS HINDSIGHT AND SUGGESTIONS REPORTED TO AUTHOR
115
TOWARD IMPROVED USE OF THE PLANNING PROCESS
125
LIBRARIANS OPINIONS OF THE PLANNING MANUAL AND THEIR SUGGESTIONS FOR ITS IMPROVEMENT
128
TOWARD A REVISED PLANNING MANUAL THE AUTHORS RECOMMENDATIONS
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LESSONS LEARNED AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REVISING THE 1980 PLANNING MANUAL
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SUMMARY
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The Revised Planning Manual Planning and Role Setting for Public Libraries A Manual of Options and Procedures
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INTRODUCING PLANNING AND ROLESETTING FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES
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DESCRIPTION OF PLANNING AND ROLE SETTING FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES
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HOW DOES PLANNING AND ROLE SETTING DIFFER FROM A PLANNING PROCESS?
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EXTENT OF LIBRARIES USE OF PLANNING AND ROLE SETTING FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES
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PUBLISHED REPORTS STUDIES AND CRITIQUES OF LIBRARIES USE OF PLANNING AND ROLE SETTING FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES
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RESULTS OF AUTHORS STUDY OF THE USE OF PLANNING AND ROLE SETTING
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SUMMARY
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The Impact of Planning and Role Setting For Public Libraries on Its Users
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IMPACTS REPORTED IN THE LITERATURE
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PROCESS IMPACT AS REPORTED TO AUTHOR
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SUMMARY
148
Conclusion
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References
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All Public Libraries with Roles Included in the Public Library Data Service Statistical Report 19881994
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Planning and Role Setting for Public Libraries Its Use and Impact
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Inclusion of Study Libraries in Public Library Data Services Statistical Report 19881991
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Problems Encountered During Use of Planning and RoleSetting Manual
191
Librarians Suggestions for Improved Use of the Planning Process
195
Suggestions for Improving Planning and Role Setting for Public Libraries
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Author Index
203
Subject Index
205
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