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Record Group Number: 000161
Series/Collection Number: .S 1858
Creator: Florida. Division of Library and Information Services.
Title, Dates: Division administration and management files, 1972-1998.
Amount: 4.25 cubic ft.
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Organization/Arrangement: Arranged by topic.
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Biographical/Historical:     The Division of Library and Information Services in the Florida Department of State provides library, records management, and archival services at the state and local level. The Division provides direct library services to state government; develops library services statewide; and provides archival and records management services, technical assistance, education, financial aid, and cooperative services.  Working in partnership with archivists, librarians, records managers, governmental officials, and citizens, the Division seeks to assure access to materials and information of past, present, and future value to enable local libraries and agencies to provide effective information services for the benefit of the people of Florida.
    Pursuant to Chapters 119 and 257, Florida Statutes, the Division of Library and Information Services director's office is responsible for planning, organizing, developing, directing, coordinating, and evaluating the statewide program of library services, library services development and public records management.  Within the Florida Department of State, the Division provides technical and educational assistance, financial aid, and cooperative services. The Division Director also serves as Secretary to the Library Council and Deputy Interstate Library Compact Administrator.
    Barratt Wilkins began with the Division in 1973 as Assistant State Librarian of Florida. Four years later, Wilkins became Florida's State Librarian as well as the Division's director. Between June and October 1987, Wilkins also served as Acting Secretary of State.
Summary:     This series contains the administrative and management files maintained by Division Director Barratt Wilkins between 1972 and 1998, documenting many of the activities and policies of the division.  Among the records are committee reports, operational ojectives, news releases, travel records, correspondence with the Secreratry of State and other cabinet offices as well as legislators,  organizational charts, copies of administrative and division procedures, State Library handouts, and division directors' meeting files. Topics include the Florida Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services,  the Library Legislative and Division Staff Development task forces, the State Library's relocation to the R.A. Gray Building, and early efforts at online databases.
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Subject Access Fields: Wilkins, Barratt.
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