ERIC Number: ED345750
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Feb-1
Reference Count: N/A
Electronic Bulletin Board System for the Federal Depository Library Program: A Study.
MacGilvray, Marian W.; And Others.
A study was conducted by an electronic bulletin board system (BBS) team to explore a variety of approaches to electronic communication between the Government Printing Office's (GPO) Library Programs Service and the depository libraries. After reviewing various dissemination technologies, the BBS team recommended that an electronic bulletin board system become the Federal Depository Library Program's (FDLP) telecommunications vehicle of choice. It also recommended that the FDLP BBS be established by using existing Project Hermes hardware and software, a telecommunications vehicle currently used in the electronic dissemination of Supreme Court slip opinions. This report provides an executive summary, a discussion of the study methodology and study recommendations, descriptions of the FDLP and of the general characteristics of bulletin board systems, and a profile of the FDLP BBS, including its file characteristics and size, usage characteristics, staffing, telecommunications, system configuration options and costs, and an implementation schedule. Concluding the report are a 12-item bibliography, the Depository Library Council recommendations, the names and addresses of the study consultants, suggestions for the BBS file content, and a discussion of alternative dissemination technologies, i.e., online services, electronic mail, fax technology, and direct media dissemination. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United States Government Printing Office, Washington, DC. Library Programs Service.