ERIC Number: ED252215
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Aug-24
Recommendation to Continue the BRS/After Dark End User Search Service.
Mader, Sharon; Park, Elizabeth H.
This report constitutes a recommendation to the Director of the Memphis State University (MSU) Library that end user searching be made a permanent part of the existing information retrieval service. The recommendation is based in part on the results of a 1984 study sponsored by the university that assessed the attitudes of students and faculty toward the end user system, BRS/After Dark, and the ease with which they could use it. The report is divided into three sections: the first includes background information on the information retrieval services in the MSU libraries, end user search services, MSU libraries and automation, and the university microcomputer policy; the second section, "Proposed End User Service in the MSU Library," details information on users, costs, staffing and service hours, equipment, and specifications for two alternatives: a full-scale service or a minimum service; and the final section presents the authors' recommendations. Appendices include a bibliography on end user searching, a BRS/After Dark brochure, an abstract of the end user study, a list of institutions using BRS/After Dark, and budget proposals for both the full-scale service and the minimum service. (THC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Memphis State Univ., TN.