ERIC Number: ED030436
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jun-1
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The Process of Professional Information Exchange Among Science Information Specialists. Final Report.
Rowland, George E.; And Others
This study was conducted to define the process of professional information specialists and to identify their requirements. An extensive nationwide field survey was made by interviewing and administering questionnaires to 127 science information specialists who were located in information centers throughout the U.S. An effort was made to select from each organization one subject who has actively engaged in performing tasks necessary to provide science information to scientists and one who administered or supervised the performance of those tasks. The data clearly indicate: (1) that the science information specialist is educationally and functionally different from the librarian, (2) that the process of science information exchange among science information specialists is inadequate and needs considerable revision, and (3) that government, industry and academic institutions should all become involved in constructing a better communication system. Recommendations are made for academic and non-academic educational programs, on-the-job training, in-school training for use of science information services, a national center for information science, an information science testing laboratory, a national society for information scientists, and local and regional meetings for information scientists. Appendixes include the research design and instruments. (JB)
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Educational Programs, Information Centers, Information Dissemination, Information Needs, Information Networks, Information Science, Information Seeking, Information Services, Information Sources, Professional Associations, Scientific Personnel, Scientific Research
Clearinghouse for Federal Scientific and Technical Information, Springfield, Va. 22151 (PB 175 568, MF-$0.65; HC-$3.00).
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rowland and Co., Inc., Haddonfield, NJ.