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A study of academic libraries in the State of Alabama by the Council of Librarians, an advisory Council to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, was completed in April 1982. The impetus for the study came from the Council of Graduate Deans, also an advisory Council to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, and was presented to that body at their Spring meeting, April 21 to 23, 1982.
Cooperative Library Resource Sharing Among Universities Supporting Graduate Study in Alabama is a qualitative statement about one component of our postsecondary institutional resources and is based on the assumption that academic libraries represent a valid barometer of institutional excellence in programmatic development and research.
This statewide study consists of five independent reports developed over a period of twelve months which collectively represent a comprehensive assessment of the academic libraries of sixteen postsecondary institutions, both public and private. In addition, the reports establish the foundation for continuing and expanding cooperative network activities. Included in the study are detailed analyses of collection development as well as staff and space adequacy according to commonly accepted standards and criteria; current status and trends in bibliographic and physical access; and a profile of Alabama's academic library computerization activities against the state-of-the-art in library computerization nationally. The reports also provide comparative analyses of the libraries against regional and national measures of excellence.
The recommendations which emerge from the study culminate in a systematic plan for cooperative resource sharing among academic libraries supporting graduate education, a plan which, if only partially implemented, would serve to enrich substantially not only the existing system but other statewide multi-type library networks as well. The completion of the study is testimony to the climate and level of cooperative activity which currently exists among the State's academic librarians and reinforces the status of the Council of Librarians as a mechanism of proven capability for future efforts.
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Alabama Commission on Higher Education, Council of Librarians, "Cooperative Library Resource Sharing Among Universities Supporting Graduate Study in Alabama" (1982). Alabama History & Culture. 15.