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Comprehensive library planning program prospectus
(April 1968)

Chapter II: purpose of the prospectus,   pp. 7-[8] PDF (360.2 KB)


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Chapter II
PURPOSE OF THE PROSPECTUS
The purpose of this Prospectus is to explore and recommend the means by which a feasible comprehensive
regional public library facilities and services planning program can be established for the Southeastern
Wisconsin Region. This Prospectus is intended to provide sufficient information to permit the county
boards, library boards, and other affected governmental agencies to consider the need for, and the benefits
and costs of, such a planning program. To this end, the Prospectus is intended to accomplish the following:
1. Establish the need for a comprehensive public library facilities and services planning program for
southeastern Wisconsin, considering the unique conditions and problems existing within the Region.
2. Specify the major work elements of a comprehensive regional public library facilities and services
planning program. Specifically, the Prospectus is intended to recommend the desirable scope and
dimensions of the necessary library planning studies, as well as to explore the necessary data
requirements and possible data sources.
3. Recommend the most effective method for establishing, organizing, and accomplishing the required
studies and suggest possible roles and responsibilities of the various levels and units of govern-
ment concerned.
4. Recommend a practical time sequence and schedule for a comprehensive regional library facilities
and services planning program, as well as an estimate of the staff requirements necessary to com-
plete the work on schedule and within budgetary limitations.
5. Provide sufficient cost data to permit the development of an initial budget and recommend the fund-
ing of the proposed program, having explored possible sources of funds necessary to undertake
the program.
6. Determine the extent to which the various levels, units, and agencies of government might partici-
pate in the conduct of the library facilities and services planning program.
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