ERIC Number: ED402915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
ERIC Annual Report, 1995. Summarizing the Recent Accomplishments of the Educational Resources Information Center.
Smarte, Lynn; Boston, Carol
The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a federally funded, nationwide network designed to provide ready access to education information. Managed by the United States Department of Education's National Library of Education, ERIC consists of 16 clearinghouses, each devoted to a particular area of education, several adjunct clearinghouses, and additional support components. ERIC is the largest education database in the world, with over 900,000 records of journal articles, research reports, curriculum and teaching guides, conference papers, and books. This annual report highlights many recent achievements of the ERIC system. These include a tremendously expanded audience, with nearly two million people contacting ERIC components in 1994; providing exemplary services by utilizing technological innovations such as CD-ROM distribution of the ERIC database and ERIC Digests, and Internet access to the ERIC database, digests, clearinghouses, adjunct clearinghouses, and support components; providing support products and services for parents, with a new adjunct clearinghouse specializing in child care information; partnerships with corporations and organizations; providing efficiency and economy to the education community by maintaining a well-organized central repository of information and allowing reproduction and distribution of ERIC-produced documents; and recognition by users and the media as being service-oriented and client-centered. Fourteen exhibits illustrate some ERIC services and advances. (SWC)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Annual Reports, Bibliographic Databases, Computer Networks, Documentation, Educational Research, Educational Resources, Information Centers, Information Dissemination, Information Retrieval, Information Services, International Cooperation, Microfiche, Program Descriptions, User Needs (Information)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Educational Resources Information Center (ED), Washington, DC.; National Library of Education (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ACCESS ERIC, Rockville, MD.