This report of the Virtual Library Planning Committee (VLPC) is intending to serve as a blueprint for the University of South Florida (USF) Libraries as it shifts from print to digital formats in its evolution into a "Virtual Library". A comprehensive planning process is essential for the USF Libraries to make optimum use of technology, fulfill their collective missions, and add value to the information resources and services provided. Four key areas are articulated in this plan to guide the implementation process; the content of each of these key areas contains background information, benchmarks, appropriate standards, and selected short and long term action items. In the first area, collections and content is dealt with, and requirements for technical services are highlighted. The second section discusses interface and infrastructure, and focuses on the importance of standards. Organizational structure is addressed in the third section; institutional-wide cooperation and planning, human resources, culture shift, and staff development are dealt with in this section. The final section discusses services in the virtual library, including distance learning, staffing, instruction, current awareness services, electronic course reserves, interlibrary loan and document delivery, services to users with disabilities, and marketing. In addition, the plan includes the Virtual Library Planning Committee's methodology, a survey of peer institutions, a focus group analysis, a glossary of terms used, standards for implementation, and a list of resources.
Metz-Wiseman, M., Silver, S. Hanson, A., Johnston, J., Grohs, K., Neville, T., Sanchez, E. & Gray, C. (1996). The USF Libraries Virtual Library Project: A blueprint for development. Washington, D.C., ERIC. ED418704. http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED418704
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