Library Networks, Cooperatives, and Consortia File, 1985-2007
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Brief Description:

Files of the Library Networks, Cooperatives, and Consortia project by the Office for Research and Statistics, including meeting minutes and agendas, time logs, grant proposal and application, survey planning and instructions, correspondence, reports, "Survey of Library Networks and Cooperative Library Organizations: 1985-1986," and "Library Networks, Cooperatives and Consortia: Environmental Scan" (2006).

Goals of the research project was to result in a clear and current understanding of how library networks and cooperatives operate, and the many ways in which these collaborative organizations help to advance learning communities.

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The American Library Association Archives
19 Library
1408 W. Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61802
Phone: 217 333 0798
Fax: 217 244 2868
Email: ala-archives [at]
Record Series Number: 14/9/4
Created by: Office for Research and Statistics
Volume: 0.6 Cubic Feet
Acquired: 02/26/2020.
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Arrangement: Chronological
Biographical Note for Office for Research and Statistics :

The Office for Research concentrates on the research needs of the library profession, cooperates with other units of the ALA and works with bodies active in library research (1).  It is charged to carry out three functions: 1) to collect, analyze and interpret data on the ALA and users of its products and services as a basis for organizational decision-making; 2) to collect and promote the collection of statistics on libraries and librarians so that the ALA and other organizations have pertinent and consistent data available to them; and 3) to monitor ongoing research related to libraries and disseminate information about such studies to the profession (2).  In doing so the Office for Research provides advice regarding research and statistics to the Executive Board, Council, and other units of the ALA requesting such advice (3).  The Office's first director was appointed in 1978, and since that time the Office for Research has developed research programs and monitored existing research activities (4).  When assisting units of ALA, the Office prepares proposals, gathers statistical data, and implements survey projects.  The ALA Committee on Research advises the Office for Research on matters of policy and priorities, and presents recommendations on research programs (5).  The Office for Research is under the Deputy Executive Director (6).




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