|Title:||LSA And State Library Agencies
|Author(s):||McDonough, Roger H.
|Subject(s):||Libraries and state --United States
|Abstract:||To know where our state libraries are going, it is important
first to know where they have been and where they are
now. Without going into this exhaustively, let me develop with
you for a few moments some of the things that have happened
to us in the five years since the Library Services Act became
the law of the land. I think we are all aware of the fact that the
improvement in our state library agencies is one of the principal
accomplishments of the Library Services Act. The publication,
State Plans under the Library Services Act. Supplement 2,
makes this quite clear. State after state reported strengthened
state library agencies in all parts of the country. Idaho, for
example, employed its first trained administrator and three
more professional librarians in the state agency. Kansas and
Mississippi added professional librarians and clerical assistants.
It was not just the small state agencies that did this, however;
even the New York State Library built on its existing
strength by adding specialists in Young Adult, Reference, and
Children's Services. In all, more than 115 field workers or consultants
were added to state agency staffs, an increase of more
than 100 per cent over the total field staffs in existence in 1956.
In addition, 285 other professional librarians were added.
|Publisher:||Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
|Citation Info:||In D.E. Strout (ed). 1961. The impact of the Library services act : progress and potential : papers presented at an institute conducted jointly by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science and the Library Services Branch, U.S. Office of Education. Urbana, IL: Graduate School of Library Science: 40-47.
|Series/Report:||Allerton Park Institute (8th : 1961)
|Genre:||Conference Paper / Presentation
|Publication Status:||published or submitted for publication
|Rights Information:||Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1959.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2007-07-16