ERIC Number: ED310786
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-29
Reference Count: N/A
How ERIC Can Better Serve the Consumer: Prospects for Program Improvement.
Stonehill, Robert M.
An overview of the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) is presented, with a discussion of proposed improvements to ERIC's acquisition, synthesis, and dissemination activities. The Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) has emphasized that ERIC products and services should be more widely available and should be used by more diverse audiences. Achieving that goal hinges on three factors: receiving additional resources, applying new technologies, and adapting systemwide management policies. A framework for system improvement, put in place during the 1987 competition for ERIC Clearinghouse contracts, already has begun to implement mechanisms to improve the quality of information in the ERIC database, coordinate systemwide products and services through the creation of ACCESS ERIC (a new system component), expand publications, establish a network of ERIC Partners, collaborate more systematically with other federal education programs, and identify and index critical statistical information. Future system improvement options are also discussed, such as expanding database and journal coverage, developing the capability to store and retrieve full-text documents, creating expert search systems, enhancing electronic dissemination, developing new publication series, and marketing ERIC products and services in ways that better reach practicing educators. The concepts for ERIC system improvement will be more fully developed in a document--"ERIC in the Year 2000"--now under development. An address and telephone directory of the components of the ERIC system is attached. Scope notes describe the areas of coverage of the individual clearinghouses. (3 references) (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Resources Information Center (ED), Washington, DC.