ERIC Number: ED311897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Automation of the University of the South Pacific Library and the Pacific Information Centre. A Report.
The Pacific Information Center (PIC) was established in 1983 to identify, collect, and record information about materials from and relating to the South Pacific region. The project involves sharing access and information among countries in this region. PIC, which works in conjunction with the University of the South Pacific (USP) Library, receives requests for information from government officials, students, researchers, lecturers, and business people (local, regional, and from other regions) about various aspects of marine and fisheries; agriculture; environmental studies; small industries; communications; rural technology; and politics/government. Because services of and demand for PIC increased rapidly, it was determined that PIC's existing base needed to be strengthened and that computerization was essential. This report assesses the various computerization options available to PIC and the USP Library. Information was gathered about the following: (1) hardware and software options; (2) configurations for those options within a fixed price range; and (3) staffing requirements for each configuration. Numerous systems were considered. However, the Minisis and the Urica systems emerged as the two most preferred. Each of these systems was further analyzed in terms of software, hardware, costs, user group support, and general staffing. It was recommended that USP/PIC look more closely at the application of the Urica hardware and software for all of its orientations. Additional information on the sites visited and the computer systems examined is appended. (SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of the South Pacific, Suva (Fiji).