ERIC Number: ED306956
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Library Networking: The Interface of Ideas and Actions.
This report, which considers the role of networking activities associated with the technical telecommunication links that bind libraries, services, and patrons together, begins with a historical review of libraries and automation-based systems over the last 19 years. The importance of the development and implementation of standards in interactive library activities for librarians using state or regional telecommunications networks is then discussed, including such factors as the need for increased functionality, performance reliability, consistent user assistance, access, and participation in governance. Also discussed are the activities of the various regional networks involved in the Linked Systems Project (LSP), including the development of standards for information transfer between systems via the telecommunications standard known as the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI). The development of the Office of Library Program's leadership role in interlibrary cooperation, especially in the application of federal funding to inter- and intra-state cooperative programs for resource sharing, is also described. A concluding statement briefly discusses a number of issues currently involved in networking, and 10 recommendations are offered for the guidance of the Office of Library Programs in working toward the development of an underlying information infrastructure parallel with the telecommunications infrastructure being created by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other federal agencies. (5 references) (CGD)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Bibliographic Utilities, Federal Aid, Government Role, Information Systems, Library Automation, Library Networks, Library Role, Library Science, Library Services, Performance Factors, Shared Resources and Services, Standards, State Libraries, Telecommunications, User Needs (Information)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Library Services and Construction Act