Alabama Citizens Asked
to Share Library Views


Alabama citizens are being asked to share their views on public libraries during an October online statewide survey. Their opinions will help shape the future of the state’s public libraries, said Alabama Public Library Service Director Rebecca Mitchell.

The library survey begins October 1 and can be taken at any computer with Internet access.  Citizens can submit the survey from their home, office or local public library. The online survey will be available through October 31. To access the survey online, visit http://webapp.slis.ua.edu/goals07  and follow the directions. 

Mitchell urged citizens to take the survey. “We need input from the public to evaluate current services and to ensure libraries remain a vital part of the community in the future,” she said. APLS will use the information to develop a five-year plan for the state’s public libraries for 2008-2012.

Cullman County officials will also use the survey in developing local library services.

Those who are unable to access the survey online can obtain a printed copy from their library and mail it to the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama, Box 870252, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0252,  ATTN: STATE PLAN.  Users can also fill out the survey at any Cullman County public library, submit the survey to an employee who will gladly mail it for users free of charge.

The library wish-list of some citizens was heard at eight meetings held in the summer at locations throughout Alabama. The survey will allow anyone who did not attend a meeting to be heard.

The 2002-2007 plan identified priorities for the state’s public libraries, including reading programs for children and young adults, services for the underserved and for people with special needs.