ERIC Number: ED207599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Instructing the Academic Library User in the United States and Britain: A Review of the Literature and the State-of-the-Art in Oxford.
Whitmore, Marilyn P.
Library use instruction is seen by most librarians in Britain and the United States to be an essential component of an academic library's overall operation, with the expressed or implied aim of enabling students to achieve maximum utilization of library resources and services. Having passed through a long history of cyclical popularity dating back to before the turn of the century, library instruction enjoyed a period of renewed popularity in the early seventies. Presently many writers believe that academic libraries are failing in their function of facilitating access to stored knowledge. The challenge of education library users, however, has generated a multiplicity of instructional approaches in both nations. These approaches include handbooks, leaflets on specific resources, specialized bibliographies, audiovisual presentations, orientation tours, and informal courses; the slide/tape presentation is one of the more popular types of media used. Sixty references are cited. (Author/RAA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Great Britain; United States
Note: Paper presented at the Oxford/Oklahoma Seminar (Oxford, England, June 1981).