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ERIC Number: ED078607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Regional Information Centers: A Frontier in Small Library Automation. Dissemination Document No. 12.
Oldsen, Carl F.; Vinsonhaler, John F.
The regional information center is examined as an instrument for innovation in small library automation and as a basis for the evolution of national information systems. Summarized is development of regional information centers in education, including centers specially for handicapped children, and indicated are trends toward national information networks. A case study of regional library automation is described according to the manner in which local libraries may be generated to aid in the development of computer based national information systems. Two major characteristics are emphasized: standardized procedures for abstracting and indexing; and generalized (machine independent) computer programs permitting the use of local computer facilities with the option of linking with other regional or national computer installations. Conclusions are drawn with respect to the computer support required by regional information centers attempting to work toward small library automation and national library development, utilizing networks of computer based regional libraries. (For related information, see EC 052 048 and EC 052 050). (Author/MC)
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Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Regional Instructional Materials Center for Handicapped Children and Youth.