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ERIC Number: ED071667
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Aug-18
Pages: 36
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A Comparative Analysis of Five Regional Reference and Information Networks.
Spicer, Michael W.
Increasing demands for more information more quickly has called into serious question the traditionally fragmented nature of library service by creating a need for greater interlibrary cooperation. Libraries have responded to this need by the formation of networks which are nothing more nor less than a formalized tool for interlibrary cooperation. This study of five regional reference networks in the State of Ohio has emerged as an outcome of the cooperation of state and local library personnel. The purpose was to analyze five of the Regional Reference and Information Networks in Ohio from a comparative viewpoint. The networks selected are: Appalachia Improved Reference Services (AIRS), Cleveland Area Interlibrary Network (CAIN), Miami Valley Library Organization (MILO) Information Exchange Project, Southwestern Ohio Rural Libraries (SWORL), and Western Erie Library Development (WELD). The study sought to compare the finance, organization and scope of the networks and to evaluate the networks using three key criteria: service to the patron, time taken to provide the service, and cost of that service. (Author/SJ)
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Authoring Institution: Ohio State Library, Columbus.
Identifiers - Location: Ohio