1. Libraries provide a place for people without computers to get access to information.
2. Libraries must become gateways to information resources.
3. Information seekers will demand the ability to receive what they need when and where they want it and in a form which meets their needs.
4. A cooperatively developed telecommunications backbone and library network is in the best interest of the citizens of New Hampshire.
5. Statewide coordination of automation activities will ensure the greatest return on the investment in library automation technologies.
6. Funding for automated circulation control systems (either stand-alone or multi- library) is the responsibility of each library or group of libraries.
7. The ability to link library systems is necessary for the development of automated library resource sharing.
8. Libraries will rely more and more on the ability to electronically transfer documents as the need for ownership gives way to the ability to access information.
9. A combination of state, local, federal, and private funds will be necessary to sustain library activities.
10. Intellectual freedom is a prerequisite to full, fair, and equal access to information.
Provide a program of services that connects people and libraries to information resources.
OBJECTIVE 1.1 Provide New Hampshire residents access to state, regional, national, and international resources 1.2 Facilitate the efficient and timely exchange of information and encourage community networking 1.3 Make more electronic information available.
Eliminate barriers to access to information
OBJECTIVE 2.1 Establish standards of connectivity Z39.50 2.2 Assure that every library is equipped with basic technology (Public Access Computer in every library by 2002) 2.3 Develop a telecommunications plan and implementation strategy 2.4 Encourage and explore avenues of education and supports for the effective use of technology and electronic information resources
Ensure the long term viability of NHAIS and assure managerial efficiency of the system.
OBJECTIVE 3.1 Study the organizational structure of NHAIS and present recommendations to NHAIS 3.2 Support state and federal funding for NHAIS services 3.3 Seek alternative sources of funding
Advocate for the public's right to information
OBJECTIVE 4.1 Take a leadership role in providing affordable access to information 4.2 Encourage all N.H. libraries to fully participate in the programs of NHAIS