*** 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the core function of providing a centralized bibliographic database of journal articles and other published and unpublished education materials.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:

Feature Articles
ERIC Digests
ERIC Database
Department of Education
National Library of Education
Welcome to UPDATE, the semiannual bulletin for the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology (ERIC/IT). We are pleased and excited to introduce our premiere online newsletter!

Each electronic version of UPDATE will contain highlights of current projects at the Clearinghouse as well as noteworthy events and opinions from leaders in the field of library science and educational technology. Within many articles you'll find links to more topic-related information. We
hope you'll enjoy visiting these links as well.

We're planning for the future and will continue to provide access to high quality education information. Our special projects are AskERIC, the Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM), Virtual Reference Desk (VRD), the ERIC database, and ERIC/IT publications. Through these special projects, we provide access to authoritative education information that professional educators value.

We encourage you to browse this issue of the UPDATE newsletter and then send your comments to eric@ericir.syr.edu.

We welcome your suggestions and we look forward to hearing from you!

Best regards from the ERIC/IT team!

ERIC/IT UPDATE is published semi-annually by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology, Syracuse University, 621 Skytop Road,Suite 160, Syracuse, New York 13244-5290. This publication is funded by the National Library of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education, under contract no. ED-99-CO-0005. The content of this magazine does not necessarily reflect the positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Education, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. The Department of Education's web address is: http://www.ed.gov

ERIC/IT Clearinghouse Director: R.D. Lankes
ERIC/IT Clearinghouse Associate Director: Eric Plotnick
Publications Coordinator and ERIC/IT UPDATE Editor: Susann L. Wurster
Production Editor: Beth Mahoney

Articles from the ERIC/IT UPDATE may be reprinted without prior written permission. Please credit the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology and send a copy of the reprint to ERIC/IT, Syracuse University, 621 Skytop Road, Suite 160, Syracuse, New York 13244-5290.