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both the Computer Center and the Library to promote new technologies with potential to
enhance the research process" (p. 139).
Henderson and MacEwan (1997) researched how electronic resources aided a
faculty member's research and teaching roles. "... [I]t is worth noting that, like the
chicken and the egg, the electronic collection and the wired faculty enjoy a which-came-
first relationship. It is unclear whether our electronic collections truly create wired faculty
or whether faculty requirements drive our collection formats and philosophy" (p. 497).
These two concepts ("electronic collections" and the "wired faculty") were now linked
together: the electronic collections demanded more resources while the wired faculty
members demanded more access.
As an example of the potential of the Internet to aid research on university
campuses, three researchers (Duncan, Generous, & Hunter, 1993) described how NASA
researchers developed a prototype system to support the research and development
activities of the many scientists and engineers working on NASA research projects.
NASA's Access Mechanism (NAM) supported the work of these scientists and engineers
"through an iconic form-based interface, where, for example, the user may fill in a form
with the keyboard and mouse to prepare a query" (p. 40). NASA scientists and engineers
sent and received answers to these queries over the Internet. The NAM system allowed
the scientists and engineers in many different locations to work on the same project, share
information, and receive assistance with their information queries.
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