ERIC Number: ED229033
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Special Libraries Division. Papers.
International Federation of Library Associations, The Hague (Netherlands).
In "How Special Libraries Use Networks," a paper presented at the 1982 International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) conference, David R. Bender (United States) advocates cooperation among academic, public, school, and special libraries in the areas of information management, staff services, and acquisition of technology. He describes the formation of a Special Libraries Association (SLA) task force to study the benefits and constraints of multitype library networks, as well as the results of a 1981 survey of the networking activities of SLA members. Guidelines in seven areas outline criteria for deciding whether or not to become involved in network activity. Four current programs involving cooperation among special libraries are briefly described, including: (1) the Bell Laboratories Library Network; (2) Exxon's international network of information centers; (3) the Textile Information Users Council, which organizes information transfer in the textile industry; and (4) The Insiders, an informal network of special libraries from eight firms. The paper concludes with a list of seven questions for further research and investigation. (ESR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Federation of Library Associations, The Hague (Netherlands).