Other Activities in 1987–88

Rocky Ralebipi

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 The Family Resources Database (FRD) hired a new director, Dr. Rocky Ralebipi, whose doctorate was in Library Science and Database management. She added descriptor codes to all the data. Four hundred fifty prepaid orders for the 1986 volume of IMFL were collected.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 NCFR began to do searches for its members at a low cost, and a user manual for the database was written. Contracts were signed with other international database companies, such as BRS, Dialog, and ETSI.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 FRD staff included Craig Roberts, consultant; Dianne Vigenser, keyer; and Elaine Morrow, proofer.  Joseph Bremner, President of Database Development, Inc., served as a consultant. Board discussion took place over whether the FRD should be dissolved, sold, or dropped. Staff were assigned to exploring the issue because the funding, originally furnished from a grant from the Stewart Mott Foundation, had run its course. The Board was advised that this project was ahead of its time and that generally this computerized system took up to 10 years to become self-sustaining. Ralebipi began editing a new FRD user guide and thesaurus.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 The Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne, Victoria, proposed collaborating with the FRD including shared royalties. After investigating, it was deemed too risky.

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