history of the Rural Information Center

This article was published in Library Trends, Vol. 44, No. 1, Summer 1995, pp. 152-175 and is exempt from U.S. copyright. In April 1987 Congress approached the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to propose that it establish a rural assistance information clearinghouse. The USDA readily agreed, and the result was the creation of the Rural Information Center (RIC) as a nationwide information provider to rural officials and communities. This article focuses on RIC's services, information requests, and partnerships.