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Monday, April 21, 2003

More on the fate of ERIC....In the April 21 issue of Information Today, Barbara Quint summarizes the latest developments. The plan for reorganizing the Department of Education (DOE), which runs ERIC, calls for abolishing the 16 ERIC clearinghouses, the 10 adjunct clearinghouses, the ERIC Processing and Reference Facility, and the ERIC Document Reproduction Service. The DOE would hire an independent contractor to take their place and centralize the operation. The new operation will perform most but not all all the services of the current ERIC, which has stirred ERIC defenders to try to modify the plan. ERIC currently gets about 70 million hits per month.