ERIC Number: ED262780
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug-31
Reference Count: 0
Improving the Use of Information Systems, Services and Sources through User Education and Orientation: Some Issues with Reference to Developing Countries.
Noting that under-utilization of information services and systems in developing countries has recently been confirmed by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) surveys and studies, this paper discusses problems and issues leading to this under-utilization, and examines approaches and actions that could help improve the utilization of information systems if they were undertaken by international organizations at the national and institutional levels. Definitions are provided of user education, user orientation, and user assistance, and a table is used to make the distinctions clear. Interrelationships between the activities in these three categories and their influences on each other are briefly described. A dual approach to user education is recommended: (1) national information policies and programs should explicitly define policies, programs, and minimum standards on user education; and (2) national educational policies and programs should explicitly set out policies, programs, and minimum standards on school and university library and information facilities and services and user education at all educational levels, including formal and nonformal education. User orientation and user assistance are each discussed in turn. Finally, the environment of, and national and international actions with respect to, computerized information systems are discussed. Seven references are listed. (THC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). General Information Programme.
Note: Paper presented at a Session of the Ad Hoc Committee on Education and Training Policy and Programme (5th, Paris, France, October 4-6, 1982).