ERIC Number: ED450717
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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Unified Information Access for the 21st Century: A Project of The California State University.
Davis, Doug; Pollard, Marvin; Smith, Gordon
This paper presents the results of a three-year project of the 22 libraries of the California State University (CSU) system to create an entirely new approach to information access. The Unified Information Access System (UIAS) is designed to provide integrated, single-search access to the full range of library information resources. In addition to creating a powerful information access tool, it incorporates customized guidance in navigating the information environment, making it a valuable educational resource as well as an effective access management tool for librarians. The name "Pharos" was selected as the new name for the system in its public manifestation. The scope and complexity of the UIAS project has entailed an array of challenges, both in its conception and execution as Pharos. Through close collaboration with Ameritech Library Services, CSU has succeeded in creating a service to students and faculty that has enormous potential for delivery of information and educational resources tailored to the needs of the individual. Pharos in its present manifestation as a gateway to knowledge is far from perfect or complete, but it offers a framework that can be built upon and adapted to the information and educational environments of the 21st century. (AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer System Design, Educational Resources, Higher Education, Information Services, Information Sources, Information Systems, Library Services, Online Systems
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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