ERIC Number: ED360993
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Establishment of Information and Documentation Centres. A Manual.
Experiences gained by the Documentation Center of the German Foundation for International Development have been used to develop this manual on the establishment of information and documentation centers. Guidelines are set forth for the orientation phase of the operation, beginning with a market analysis and consultation with experts in the field. In the design phase, factors are determined that characterize the concept and efficiency of the information system of the center. Scope, target group, user needs, types of documentation, information elements, and types of services must be taken into account. Working tools in the development process include: (1) classification systems; (2) procurement regulations; (3) work sheets; (4) rule for formal (bibliographical) description; (5) indexing rules; (6) data processing rules; (7) order of call numbers/filing system; (8) storage systems; (9) instruments of control and management; and (10) contacts to other information and documentation centers. The planning of manpower and physical requirements follows, with the introductory phase of operations coming next. The introductory phase of establishing the operation is followed by a test phase. Annexes include an organizational chart, a description of tasks and activities, indicators for working time, and a description of a typical proportion of activities in a small center. (SLD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: German Foundation for International Development, Bonn (West Germany), Education, Science and Documentation Div.
Identifiers - Location: Germany