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ERIC Number: ED360985
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
America's Rural Information Resource.
La Caille John, Patricia
The Rural Information Center (RIC), a project of two agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has served rural information needs since 1988. The targeted audience for the RIC is local officials and citizens, rather than scientists and federal officials, and the thrust of its information is rural development rather than production agriculture. The RIC is located at the National Library of Agriculture and networks extensively with experts, agencies, and information services to customize requested information to best meet user needs. Various information products are supplied in formats that fit users' requirements. The RIC's Health Information Service (RICHS) is one specialized service offered to provide easy access to the rural user. Between 25 and 35 percent of all RIC requests involve locating funding sources for local officials, rural communities, and citizens. The examples of two communities in New Mexico illustrate the RIC in use. The RIC also uses the services of several online vendor databases to provide user information. Presidential and congressional support ensures the RIC's continued growth and promises a favorable impact on federal rural programs. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico