State Library Agencies Survey

August 21, 2010 at 7:05 pm Leave a comment

A state library agency is the official agency of a state that is charged by state law with the extension and development of public library services throughout the state and that has adequate authority under state law to administer state plans in accordance with the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) (P.L. 104–208). Beyond these two roles, state library agencies vary greatly. They are located in various departments of state government and report to different authorities. They are involved in various ways in the development and operation of electronic information networks. They provide different types of services to different types of libraries. They provide important reference and information services to state governments and administer the state libraries and special operations such as state archives, libraries for the blind and physically handicapped, and the State Center for the Book.
The state library agency may function as the state’s public library at large, providing library services to the general public. This report provides information on the range of roles played by state library agencies and the various combinations of fiscal, human, and informational resources invested in such work. Some state libraries
perform allied operations—that is, services not ordinarily considered a state library agency function.
These allied operations may include maintaining state archives, managing state records, conducting legislative research for the state, or operating a museum or art gallery.

Henderson, E., Miller, K., Farrell, M., Brock, F., Dorinski, S., Freeman, M., Frid, L., Hardesty, L., Music, C., O’Shea, P.,
Sheckells, C. (2009). State Library Agencies Survey: Fiscal Year 2008 (IMLS-2010–StLA-01). Institute of Museum
and Library Services. Washington, DC


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