ERIC Number: ED056245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Problems in Information Retrieval--Materials from the USOE Pilot State Dissemination Program.
Metzger, Loya; Sieber, Sam D.
A summary analysis is made of problems encountered by retrieval staffs in three states during the initial year of the Pilot State Project in Information Dissemination. Problems discussed are: (1) Computer Related; (2) Furnishing the client with complete copy; (3) Record keeping and Filing; and (4) Staffing. Recommendations resulting from the experiences of the first three pilot states, and which might be useful to other states that are attempting to establish information dissemination projects, are: (1) A state should plan initially to provide its own computerized search capacity; (2) A state that decides to install QUERY might well plan to have their computer and retrieval personnel visit a similar installation that has already been through the process, so that ways of overcoming problems can be learned; (3) The Office of Education or the QUERY contractor should provide assistance to new installations until the program is operational; (4) The rationale behind packaged information should be well understood; (5) Retrieval services should adopt a means of continual reassessment of their methods; (6) Procedures for completing the process should be determined in advance; (7) Personnel of an information service would do well to visit an existing retrieval service and analyze their record-keeping and filing systems; and (8) The qualifications and capabilities of the staff should be determined in advance. (DB)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Bureau of Applied Social Research.