ERIC Number: ED380938
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Operating a Local Information and Referral Center. NICHCY Technical Assistance Guide, Volume 1.
This guide offers an overview of important areas in operating a disability-related information and referral center (I&R) and contains many design and management suggestions. The guide is written for individuals operating or designing a "grassroots" information and referral center with only a few employees but a fair number of volunteers, serving a primary audience within a limited radius of the local community, with limited funding. The guide explores, in basic terms, the function of information and referral centers in the disability field; the process of organizing an I&R; how to put together and organize a basic resource collection; the daily functioning of an I&R; staffing an I&R, including the role of information specialists; the nature of the information and referrals an I&R provides; the necessity of outreach; effective dissemination processes for timely responses to the I&R's audience; and the importance of evaluating the I&R's work. (Contains 33 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Community Information Services, Disabilities, Information Centers, Information Dissemination, Information Management, Information Services, Outreach Programs, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Referral
NICHCY, P.O. Box 1492, Washington, DC 20013 (free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities, Washington, DC.; Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC.