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Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Online from: 1983

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Networked electronic information systems at the University of Houston Libraries: The IRIS project and beyond


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Title:Networked electronic information systems at the University of Houston Libraries: The IRIS project and beyond
Author(s):Kathleen Gunning, (Assistant director for public services and collection development, University of Houston Libraries and was head of the IRIS Project's Research and Evaluation Group), Judy E. Myers, (Assistant to the director of the University of Houston Libraries), Charles W. Bailey, Jr., (Assistant director for systems at the University of Houston Libraries)
Citation:Kathleen Gunning, Judy E. Myers, Charles W. Bailey, Jr., (1993) "Networked electronic information systems at the University of Houston Libraries: The IRIS project and beyond", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 11 Iss: 4, pp.49 - 83
Article type:General review
DOI:10.1108/eb047902 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:In 1989, the University of Houston Libraries began a two-year project to build an experimental Intelligent Reference Information System (IRIS). The IRIS project established a ten-workstation CD-ROM network that provided access to 19 CD-ROM databases, developed an expert system to recommend reference sources, and conducted three research studies. In 1992, the Libraries initiated a new project to replace the IRIS network infrastructure, expand the number of network workstations, increase the number of networked CD-ROM databases, offer remote access to CD-ROMs, and provide access to new types of network resources, such as electronic serials and OPACs on the Internet. The Libraries also began a related project to develop a new version of the expert system.


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