ERIC Number: ED229031
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Telefax Library Information Network. Executive Report.
Denver Univ., CO. Graduate School of Librarianship and Information Management.
A demonstration project was undertaken to determine whether 1978 telefacsimile technology--specifically the Qwip 1200, the Rapidfax 100, and the Colorado Video Inc. Slow Scan Television--could address rural public library needs in an effective manner. Five public libraries in developing communities in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming were selected as demonstration sites; the TALINET design utilized the local staff and a research/resource information staff at the University of Denver to research site questions and deliver information to the sites via telefax. A total of 958 reference questions were answered during the study; only 28% of the questions were time-critical, i.e., the answers would have been less useful to end-users if telefax had not been available. However, telefacsimile was found to be almost the least costly information delivery methodology. In the executive project report, the TALINET system and network are briefly described, as are study procedures and findings. Photographs of TALINET personnel, equipment, and demonstration sites are provided. (ESR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC. Office of Telecommunications.
Authoring Institution: Denver Univ., CO. Graduate School of Librarianship and Information Management.