Library Services Selected to Participate in NTIS Pilot Project

Central Missouri's Library Services has been selected, with only 19 other libraries across the country, to participate in a pilot project to expand access to scientific and technical reports available from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). NTIS is a non-funded government agency with the charge to collect and distribute research reports resulting from government-sponsored research. It's collection contains over 3 million reports dating from 1971 to the present.

The mission of NTIS has always been to widely advertise the availability of its documents and to make them available at the lowest possible cost. Until recently, the only index to these documents was the cumbersome paper set, Government Reports, Announcements and Index. While the text to some of the research reports was found in the government documents collection, most were only available from NTIS at a price.

The Pilot Project builds on work done at the University of California, Davis, and the University of Nevada, Reno, to develop an online search and retrieval service for reports. This new service includes a rapidly-growing database containing full images of about 40,000 technical reports, the majority of which date from 1996 to the present.

In the near future Library Services will receive information about how to access these online resources and to make these technical and scientific reports readily available in the library. By participating in this project, we will incorporate the unique needs of Central students and faculty into the service, shaping the service for future participants. As Francis Buckley, Superintendent of Documents stated in a recent letter, ". . . your participation and experience will allow project planners to gain important information about large scale use of these valuable reports." This collection will be a tremendous complement to Central Missouri's Statewide Mission for Technology and its distance education program.

Pat Antrium

Government Document Librarian