ERIC Number: ED307861
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Federal Information. Users' Current and Future Technology Needs. Fact Sheet for the Chairman, Joint Committee on Printing, U.S. Congress.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. General Government Div.
The methodology and results of a survey undertaken to develop data on current experiences and future needs of selected nonfederal users in obtaining and using federal information are reported in a letter to the chairman of the Joint Committee on Printing (JCP) of the U.S. Congress and in eight appendixes. Noting that information from the survey was used to assist the JCP and others in determining if, and how, technology might help to meet these needs, the letter describes the collection of data from libraries and associations using a questionnaire developed in consultation with the JCP and the Office of Technology Assessment. The number of respondents in each of the five groups of federal information users that were surveyed is also given: (1) regional depository libraries (46); (2) selective depository libraries (357); (3) general libraries, such as public, university, and college, and corporate libraries (436); (4) scientific and technical associations (149); and (5) general associations (173). Information on the survey is then presented in the eight appendixes. Appendix I describes the objective, scope, and overall methodology of the survey. Appendixes II through VI each contain the specific methodology and a tally of the questionnaire results for each of the five groups of respondents. A glossary of terms included in the questionnaire is contained in Appendix VII, while Appendix VIII provides a listing of major contributors to this publication. (CGD)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Depository Libraries, Government Publications, Government Role, Information Needs, Information Sources, Information Technology, Needs Assessment, Organizations (Groups), Public Libraries, Questionnaires, Research Design, Special Libraries, Surveys, Tables (Data), User Needs (Information)
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (first five copies are free, additional copies are $2.00 each prepaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. General Government Div.