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Professional and technical information for population programs

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Title:Professional and technical information for population programs
Authors:Radel, David J.
Konoshima, Sumiye
East-West Communication Institute
LC Subject Headings:Population - Study and teaching
Communication in family planning
Communication in demography
Communication of technical information
Date Issued:Jul 1977
Publisher:Honolulu, HI : East-West Center, East-West Communication Institute
Series:A synthesis of population communication experience. Paper;6
Abstract:This paper reviews technical publication programs, libraries, and other activities that produce, store, and distribute professional and technical information in support of population/family planning programs, and discusses some of the key audiences and program uses for this type of information. To meet professional/technical information needs, a large number of relevant activities have been developed in the population field, including "in-house' libraries, special clearinghouses, and information analysis centers that prepare "state-of-the-art" compilations. In addition, several countries have initiated programs in research utilization. The authors trace the development of networks linking various population information sources at national, regional, and global levels and examine the several bibliographic retrieval systems (mainly developed at U. S. universities) that search computerized data bases and endeavor to serve the needs of developing country programs. The authors identify gaps and problems in current population information services such as uneven distribution of information, inadequate information about information, the need for transformation of information for certain key audiences, and excessive dominance of academic styles and approaches. The paper concludes with some guidelines for a comprehensive population information service.
Description:"This project was supported by the Office of Population, U.S. Agency for International Development, AID/csd-1059."

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Table of Contents:1. Introduction: Professional/Technical Information Services and Population Communication Programs -- 2. Information Activities in Population: An Historical and Policy Review -- 3. Information Services: Potential Benefits to Population Programs -- 4. Population Information Needs and Key User Groups -- 5. Types of information Activities and Services -- 6. Information about Information -- 7. Organizational Arrangements of information Services -- 8. Supportive Activities in Population Information -- 9. Examples of Operational Information Services -- 10. Problems in Current Population Information Services -- 11. Comprehensive Population Information Service: Some Guidelines.
Pages/Duration:viii, 114 p.
Appears in Collections: Communication Institute. A Synthesis of Population Communication Experience. Papers

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