ERIC Number: ED046469
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Sep
MINITEX (Minnesota Interlibrary Teletype Experiment); Report Covering the First 18 Months of Project Operation, January 1, 1969 through June 30, 1970...
Stanford, Edward B.
In 1968, a two-year pilot project, called the Minnesota Interlibrary Teletype Experiment (MINITEX) was undertaken to test the feasibility of sharing the University of Minnesota's library resources with patrons of outstate libraries. This report presents the definitive evaluation for the MINITEX project. The four elements in the design of the experiment which are responsible for its success are: (1) The project's objectives were carefully defined and limited and thus were manageable, (2) By using TWX equipment MINITEX provided almost instant receipt of request data in a legible printed record, (3) By having personnel assigned exclusively to MINITEX service, the project staff could give its immediate and full-time attention to each request and (4) By selective use of postal service and United Parcel delivery, a daily pick-up at a designated hour moved materials to each requesting library without overnight delays. The report is divided into six sections: (1) Introduction and History of the Project; (2) Statistics of Services Rendered to June 30, 1970; (3) Over-all and Unit Costs of MINITEX Service; (4) Results of the Spring, 1970 User Survey; (5) Appraisals from Participating Libraries; (6) Evaluation and Conclusions. Appendix I contains statistics and graphic data. Appendix II contains letters from representatives of the MINITEX experiment. (NH)
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Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Univ. Libraries.