Inflation and the Reference Library.
DEFENCE RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT SUFFIELD RALSTON (ALBERTA)
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The DRES library approached the problem of increasing costs of subscriptions and increasing specialization by undertaking a study which sought a to identify the sources of information that the scientists found most useful to their work and b to define a group or listing of journals that form an essential core to the research program, and to compare the proposed list of journals with the present DRES list of subscriptions. A series of interviews with the scientific staff at DRES was conducted. Results of the survey indicated a heavy reliance on the open literature, i.e., the scientific and technical publications, a slight preference for manual literature searches over computerized searches, the value of conversation and meetings as an information source, and some of the information needs which lead scientists to search the open literature. A list of journals recommended by the scientists was compiled from the interviews.
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