ERIC Number: ED089769
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
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Information Needs in Milwaukee: Agencies and Groups.
Levine, Marilyn M.
A survey of urban agencies sought to discover: 1) their perceived and actual information needs; 2) the kinds of information they used; 3) the nature of their information problems; and 4) their attitudes toward and the feasibility of a computerized information retrieval system. Results showed that speed and ease of use were the controlling factors in an urban information system and that there should be centralized input of recent acquisitions which should include statistical, legislative and administrative information. A computerized information retrieval system was found to be feasible, despite some anti-computer sentiment. Libraries were willing to provide terminal hardware, but wanted user support for input and searching. User agencies appeared conditioned to expend time on information retrieval, but not to contribute money. Thus it was felt that it would be necessary to demonstrate the cost-effective nature of computerized information systems to urban agencies which were heavy users of information before such systems could be implemented. (Author/PB)
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Sponsor: Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC.; National League of Cities, Washington, DC.; Wisconsin Univ., Milwaukee.
Authoring Institution: Milwaukee Urban Observatory, WI.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin (Milwaukee)