ERIC Number: ED414900
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
USEIN Kick-off Conference: Draft Summary Proceedings.
National Library of Education (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
The United States Education Information Network (USEIN) is conceived by the National Library of Education (NLE) as a network or consortium of organizations interested in collaborating to improve the coordination of domestic U.S. education information. The Kick-Off Conference, summarized here, was intended to solicit ideas concerning the structure, membership, and operations of USEIN. The conference was attended by approximately 100 invited representatives from the educational community, the library community, education-related professional associations and private industry groups, and relevant Government agencies and their contractors. Participants were asked to work together to derive tangible outcomes and produce an agenda for USEIN development. They were also asked to consider how to effectively collaborate to improve existing information dissemination and to identify information gaps needing to be filled. Discussion papers were commissioned from five authors: Jo Ann Carr, Jon D'Amicantonio, Patricia Libutti, Donald Ely, and Nancy O'Brien. Each conference session included the presentation of a commissioned paper, participant questions and comments, and breakout group discussions. Day one was organized into two sessions under the respective headings: "Moving USEIN From Vision to Practice" and "How USEIN Can Ensure Excellence, Access, and Equity in Services." Day two was organized into two sessions under the respective headings: "How To Make USEIN Functional: Developing an Action Plan" and "Common Threads and Next Steps." Also presented on day two were: "A Helpful Discussion of USEIN", by Toni Powell, and "The NLE Perspective", by Blane Dessy. (In post-conference planning activities, NLE expressed the intent to change the USEIN name so as to avoid confusion with the "U.S. Network for Education Information" (USNEI), formed for similar purposes at the international level.) (SWC)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Library of Education (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.