Technology Transfer: The Role of the Sci-tech Librarian

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Psychology Press, 1991 - Science - 172 pages
As automation and competitiveness between companies and countries grows, the need for the speedy research and delivery of information is becoming greater than ever before. Defining technology transfer as “the process of getting technical knowledge, ideas, services, inventions, and products from their origin to wherever they can be put to practical use,” this timely new book explores the role of the information specialist in the technology transfer process. The volume brings together discussions from information mediaries associated with federal information centers, academic research institutions, and a large metropolitan public library.

Agencies and organizations at the federal, state, and local level that are involved in and responsible for technology transfer programs are described in a “who's who” section of the volume, and the system for the distribution of information at NASA is covered in detail, this being considered by some to be the birthplace of the technology transfer concept. The various regional NASA Industrial Application Centers are also identified, and the numerous print and online services available are noted as well. Other topics covered include the use of technology transfer in agricultural programs to improve U.S. competiveness in the global marketplace and how the large public library can promote technology transfer by acting as important centers for information transfer and research.
 

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Contents

Developing Information Systems for Technology
5
Implications for Information Systems
12
Conclusion
22
Emerging Roles for Academic Librarians
29
American Libraries and Domestic Technology Transfer
39
Technology Transfer at NASAA Librarians View
49
Index to News Releases and Speeches
55
Overview of the Federal Aerospace Knowledge Diffusion
61
Sources Used by Aerospace Engineers and Scientists
68
The Role of Libraries in Technology Transfer
77
A Key to Technology Transfer
89
Building Bridges Not Barriers to Information Access
96
NEW REFERENCE WORKS IN SCIENCE
139
SCITECH IN REVIEW
161
SCITECH ONLINE 167 SCITECH ONLINE
167
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