ERIC Number: ED257477
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of the Value of Information and the Effect on Value of Intermediary Organizations, Timeliness of Services & Products, and Comprehensiveness of the EDB. Volume 1: The Value of Libraries as an Intermediary Information Service; Volume 2: The Value of the Network Energy Software Center and the Radiation Shielding Information Center; Volume 3: The Effects of Timeliness and Comprehensiveness on Value.
King Research, Inc., Rockville, MD.
This document reports in three volumes the results of a series of surveys designed to: (1) determine what contribution intermediary information transfer organizations such as libraries and information analysis centers make to the value of information; (2) assess the value of two somewhat different software information analysis centers and the value of their products and services; and (3) investigate the importance of timeliness and comprehensiveness to the value of information found in technical reports and journal articles. Data were collected from six surveys. The first was a study of the population of scientists and engineers from nine fields of science conducted as part of a National Science Foundation study. It involved estimating many variables related to authorship, journal use, library use, numeric database searching, and bibliographic database searching. Demographic information identifies scientists and engineers funded by the Department of Energy (DOE). The second, a survey of managers, administrators, operational professionals, and scientists and engineers engaged in research and development at Rocky Flats, Rockwell Energy Systems Group, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), obtained information about general reading, library use, awareness of services, and satisfaction with services. In addition, four surveys were conducted at the three library locations to obtain detailed information about recent uses of specific library materials and services. Detailed analyses including numerous tables and figures present the findings of these studies. (THC)
Descriptors: Computer Software, Databases, Information Centers, Information Dissemination, Information Needs, Information Retrieval, Information Seeking, Information Services, Information Sources, Library Research, Online Systems, Scientific and Technical Information, Use Studies, User Satisfaction (Information)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Energy, Washington, DC. Technical Information Center.
Authoring Institution: King Research, Inc., Rockville, MD.