ERIC Number: ED167171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct-9
The Legislator as User of Information Technology.
Chartrand, Robert L.
The multiple role of the government legislator necessitates the constant evaluation of relevant and diverse information for effective decision-making, and requests for direct access of information have resulted in the use of video screen terminals and online computer services. Computerized bibliographic files augment traditional information support by executive branch subject specialists and libraries. Congressional support of the coordinated development of technology-supported information systems has resulted in legislative branch information resources covering many aspects of governmental decision-making. State legislators have information needs similar to those of Congress; they could also benefit from an increased use of computer technologies. Advantages and disadvantages of applying computer technology to identifiable legislative activities must be considered when developing new information services. However, the effectiveness and responsiveness of any such information system will depend basically upon the managerial competence and political astuteness of those who establish the policy and procedures governing its operation. (CWM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Congressional Research Service.
Note: Parts marginally legible due to small print