ERIC Number: ED045098
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Feasibility Study for Establishing an Information Switching Center at Hamline University.
Johnson, Herbert F.; And Others
The 1967 investigation to examine and assess the Hamline University Library's role in Hamline's educational program and to identify directions for its contributions to this program in the future are summarized in this study. The results of this study showed that the Hamline University was not meeting the information needs of the faculty and students. Based on the prediction that informational material will continue to increase in amount and diversity and that user needs will follow the same trend, it was apparent that, if the library continued to operate in the traditional mode, its contribution to the educational program would become progressively less significant. Thus, it was recommended that the library increase both services and resources by adding a switching center service. This service would establish a detailed specification of user information requirements and attempt to satisfy these requirements either through the collection at the Hamline University library or by tapping the collections and services available at other information centers. With these arrangements the library could provide information support for all aspects of the educational program. The workability of the switching center system was demonstrated. (Author/NH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Hamline Univ., St. Paul, Minn.