ERIC Number: ED355967
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Seymour Plan: Electronically Connecting Maryland's Libraries.
Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore. Div. of Library Development and Services.; Maryland State Library Network Coordinating Council.
By 1999, Maryland residents will have electronic access to a statewide system of information and resources to enable them to work, study, and enrich their lives. This system has its base in the library community, with connections to state and national resources. The Seymour Plan explains how this access will come about. The first stage will establish a statewide telecommunications network, enabling any library to access Seymour through the equivalent of a local phone call. The second stage builds on this electronic infrastructure, adding access to databases that will help users identify, locate, request, and receive information and materials they need. Seymour is being implemented because current systems have developed as far as they can, given their current software, and because the economic situation makes it imperative to use resources wisely. The availability of the Internet and developments in technology make these advances possible. A component of Seymour will be the "Find a ..." service to help people use the system. Implementation of the telecommunications component will begin in late fiscal year (FY) 1993 and be completed by the end of FY 1995. "Find a ..." services will start in FY 1994 and continue through FY 1998. Education, training, and support services will be developed to ensure the successful implementation and use of Seymour. Individual projects under Seymour are described, and a 34-item glossary is included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore. Div. of Library Development and Services.; Maryland State Library Network Coordinating Council.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland