ERIC Number: ED175403
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
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The Selective Disseminator of Information (SDI): A New Role for the Librarian?
Strehlow, T. H.
This article describes the duties of a research librarian appointed to provide a comprehensive information service to the administration of an academic institution. Information, in the sense used here, refers to published information about other institutions and the outside world, not internal data on finance, staff, and students. The resultant service was a selective dissemination of information (SDI) of a corporate nature, that is, a single information service tailor-made to the needs of a small, relatively homogeneous group. It included those subjects which clients had requested and those items which could be important to the development of the institution, whether clients had requested them or not. An unexpected by-product of the corporate SDI was that it was used not only by senior management for current awareness but also retrospectively by the whole institution. As a result, as much as one-third of the time spent on the corporate SDI came to be devoted to bibliographic control. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Australia