ERIC Number: ED121331
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar-15
User Selection of Purchased Information Services. Interim Technical Report (June 1975-January 1976).
Hall, Homer J.
Interviews conducted in the first phase of a project to develop a method for user selection of purchased scientific and technical information services identified a number of relationship among different populations of users. Research scientists, engineers, and patent attorneys want convenient access to original data identified in the search. Professional searchers select from a wider range of services. Their selection emphasizes the convenience of indexing methods or access to information available and the amount of training and time required to use each service to advantage. Information managers consider the budget questions of cost, time, and facilities and the feedback from users of all the services available. To this they add their own judgements of reputation, consistent standards of quality, and flexibility to meet the changing needs of specific users concerned. Also identified as a factor in the selection process was the rapid growth of scientific and information services which may be reaching a point where as many must shrink as can expand. (Author/PF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Exxon Research and Engineering Co., Linden, NJ.
Note: For related documents see IR 003 327-328; Prepared by Government Research Laboratory