ERIC Number: ED238200
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul-15
Reference Count: 0
Michigan Dissemination Capacity Building Project. Final Report.
Hawkins, Philip H.
The Michigan Educational Resource Information Center (MERIC) was established in order to serve the needs of the state's educators by facilitating general access to resources through the existing state education agency (SEA). MERIC increased the variety and quantity of educational resources available in Michigan, broadened access to these resources, and coordinated the continuing improvement of the SEA's dissemination services. Located in the State Library, MERIC developed procedures for drawing on the State Library's resources, subject-specific programs within the department, national databases, and resources in intermediate districts throughout Michigan. The agency's data processing center developed and maintained a search and retrieval system patterned after ERIC with off-line, searchable program, product, and human resource files. MERIC also established a network of eight key communicators at intermediate school districts to assist in dissemination and link local district educators to the system, with the aid of a 23-station telecopier network. Its primary users were information resource providers at the state, regional, and intermediate district levels. An appendix lists activities and accomplishments. (Author/TE)
Descriptors: Diffusion (Communication), Education Service Centers, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Centers, Information Networks, Information Retrieval, Information Services, Library Services, Linking Agents, Public Agencies, Resource Centers, State Agencies, State Departments of Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Dept. of Education, Lansing. Office of Planning.
Identifiers: Michigan Educational Resource Information Center; Michigan State Department of Education; National Institute of Education