*** NOTICE ***


The ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology
web site is no longer in operation.


The United States Department of Education continues to offer the


ERIC Database




All ERIC Clearinghouses plus AskERIC will be closed permanently as of December 31, 2003.


In January 2004, the Department of Education will implement a reengineering plan for ERIC. The new ERIC mission continues the core function of providing a centralized bibliographic database of journal articles and other published and unpublished education materials. It enhances the database by adding free full text and electronic links to commercial sources and by making it easy to use and up to date.


From January 2004 until the new ERIC model for acquiring education literature is developed later in 2004, no new materials will be received and accepted for the database. However, the ERIC database will continue to grow, as thousands of documents selected by the ERIC clearinghouses throughout 2003 will be added. When the new model is ready later in 2004, the new ERIC contractor will communicate with publishers, education organizations, and other database contributors to add publications and materials released from January 2004 forward.


Please use:

www.eric.ed.gov to


§         Search the ERIC database.

§         Search the ERIC Calendar of Education-Related Conferences.

§         Link to the ERIC Document Reproduction Service (EDRS) to purchase ERIC full-text documents.

§         Link to the ERIC Processing and Reference Facility to purchase ERIC tapes and tools.

§         Stay up-to-date about the ERIC transition to a new contractor and model.

Archived version of the site:

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ERIC/IT Launches a Full-Text Database

The world’s largest and most frequently used database in the field of education, the ERIC database already provides free and instant access 24/7 to over one million abstracts of education-related journal articles and documents via the Internet, including more than 67,000 in the areas of educational technology and library and information science collected by ERIC/IT.

As an added free service, the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology has now launched one of the first full-text databases in the national ERIC system. Users can now search our Web site (ericit.org) for more than 1,000 of the latest research and technical reports, conference papers, project descriptions, and other documents in the fields of library science and educational technology, and, with a simple click of the mouse, obtain the full text instantly.

Documents are added continuously, so visit our Web site frequently to access the full text of some of the best—and most recent—literature in your field!

VRD’s Third Annual Conference Focuses on Setting Standards in Digital Reference
By Abby Kasowitz

The Virtual Reference Desk, a special project of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology, will hold its 3rd Annual Digital Reference Conference on November 12-13, 2001 in Orlando, Florida. This year's conference, "Setting Standards and Making It Real," explores issues in delivering effective Internet-based reference service in a variety of contexts and setting standards to ensure quality. Specific topics include digital reference standards, technology, management, evaluation, training, collaboration, real-time service, and other related issues.

Keynote speakers include Clifford Lynch, Director of the Coalition of Networked Information (CNI); Susan McGlamery, Coordinator for Reference Services for the Metropolitan Cooperative Library System; and Nancy O'Neill, Principal Librarian for Reference Services, Santa Monica Public Library. The conference includes over 50 breakout sessions led by representatives from organizations and services such as AskERIC, Library of Congress, Internet Public Library, OCLC, Cleveland Public Library, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education, and the National Agricultural Library.

Two special workshops will be offered in conjunction with the conference: "Measuring and Assessing the Quality of Digital Reference Services," offered by the Information Use Management and Policy Institute at the Florida State University School of Information Studies; and "Building a Real-Time Reference Service," offered by SOLINET (Southeastern Library Network, Inc.). A reception and awards ceremony will be held November 12 to recognize leaders in the emerging digital reference field, and an exhibit will showcase organizations and companies offering digital reference-related products and services

The conference is open to everyone with an interest in developing and implementing digital reference services, including librarians, information professionals, and others from libraries of all types, government agencies, business, and specialized AskA services. Registration information is available at: http://vrd.org/conferences/VRD2001/registration.shtml

The VRD 2001 Conference is hosted by the Information Institute of Syracuse, Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, SOLINET, and the Information Institute at the School of Information Studies, Florida State University. Sponsors include the U.S. Department of Education, The ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology, The Library of Congress, The American Library Association's Reference and User Services Association, and Syracuse University's School of Information Studies.

For more information on the VRD 2001 Conference, visit
http://vrd.org/conferences/VRD2001/ or contact vrdconf@vrd.org.