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ERIC Number: ED057881
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jun
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Improving an "ERIC-LIKE" Information System.
Paisley, William
Information systems for the sciences and professions should differ from those of traditional libraries because their purpose is to disseminate information, not to archive it, and their holdings should reflect user needs, not the size of the knowledge base. Various information system models may be identified, such as the discipline-oriented, the field-oriented, and the problem-oriented. The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) is an example of a field-oriented system, and the major portion of this paper is devoted to discussion of its objectives, accomplishments, and failures. ERIC has been successful in fulfilling objectives of: (l) collecting, abstracting, indexing, and making available the significant literature in the field of education, and (2) preparing reviews and syntheses to place the literature in perspective. A third purpose has remained largely unfulfilled; that is, bringing the ERIC knowledge base to the attention of practitioners. The decisions to model ERIC services after a traditional scientific information storage and retrieval system and the large reliance on microfiche to make information available to users are questioned. Alternate procedures are suggested and outlined. (NH)
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Identifiers: ERIC
Note: Submitted for publication in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science, Nov.-Dec. 1971