ERIC Number: ED369409
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb-15
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The Project GAIN Report: Connecting Rural Public Libraries to the Internet.
McClure, Charles R.; And Others
This study examined what would happen when rural librarians were given the tools and training to use networked information resources. Project GAIN demonstrates the effectiveness of linking rural communities to the Internet. Through the local library, six rural communities in New York were connected to a regional network (NYSERNet) and through NYSERNet to the Internet. The objectives of the study were to connect selected library sites to the Internet; to provide training and support necessary for participants to demonstrate competence in using the Internet tools; to educate participants as to the resources of the Internet and how to do resource discovery on their own; to integrate the utilization of the Internet into basic activities and programming of the library; and to explore whether the Internet is a useful resource for rural libraries. Based on these objectives, Project GAIN was successful. The results of this study indicate that rural libraries do profit from such an approach if given the chance and support. It also suggests that rural public libraries must get connected to the Internet if they are to be a key player in the evolving National Information Infrastructure. (Contains 22 references and the survey instruments.) (JLB)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Communication (Thought Transfer), Futures (of Society), Information Needs, Information Services, Internet, Library Services, Public Libraries, Rural Areas, Rural Development, Rural Environment, Telecommunications
NYSERNet, Suite 103, 220 Elwood Davis Rd., Liverpool, NY 13088-6147 ($10).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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