JLIS abstracts


SIITONEN (Leena). Mobile Library Services as a Functional Unit in Public Library Systems: The United States/Context. 15,1;1990;28-50

As a unit of public library services, the mobile library or bookmobile are planned, developed and managed like branch libraries. Major differences are in: geographic and climatic conditions, transportability of roads, manufacturing of available vehicles, and availability of funds for staff, materials and maintenance. Cooperative efforts both among library systems, town and countries, and states, have enabled the launching of extensive mobile library services for population in remote rural area as well as in expanding suburban areas. New technologies, especially communication technologies, promise to make mobile libraries extensions for efficient use of printed, electronic, and audio-visual library resources.