- To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Subject: Re: ERIC-FYI
- From: "George K Cunningham" <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2003 17:50:13 -0400
Luckily, Carl Levin carries a lot of weight in Washington now.
George K. Cunningham
University of Louisville
>>> Teachernut@aol.com 06/25/03 01:17PM >>>
Thank you for contacting me regarding the Educational Resources
Center (ERIC). I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.
As you may know, ERIC is the largest education database in the world.
established in 1966 and is supported by the Office of Educational
Improvement within the Department of Education. ERIC is comprised of
one million bibliographic records contained in 16 clearinghouses.
students, educators, researchers, and the public can access ERIC's
They can also purchase a full-text copy of the non-journal article they
through the ERIC Document Reproduction Service. Because both contracts
expire soon, the Department of Education has been researching ways to
extend the system.
The Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (P.L.107-279) requires that
information ERIC provides be done in a user-friendly, timely, and
manner, including increased use of the Internet with online, searchable
This law also requires that any revision of ERIC retain the same topics
ERIC clearinghouses currently contain. In response, on May 16, 2003,
Department of Education released a "Draft Statement of Work" expressing
to provide a contract to an organization to operate an online
and full-text ERIC database of education journal articles and
materials. The Department of Education will make the final decision
Some concerns have been raised about the future of ERIC following the
of the Draft Statement of Work, including the proposed termination of
AskERIC, a personalized Internet-based service providing education
anyone interested in education; the reduction in coverage of journal
and the limitation of the database to a list of journals approved by
Administration; and the possibility of the 16 separate databases being
I will continue to monitor this issue as it develops.
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