ERIC Number: ED226744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Academic Library Media Usage: Faculty and Student Use of the Independent Learning Center.
Besemer, Susan P.
This report describes a spring 1982 survey of faculty and student users and nonusers of library audiovisual collections at the State University of New York (SUNY)-Buffalo. User frequency, the composition of user patronage, preferred media formats for learning, and users' perceptions of audiovisual services offered are described. A brief history is provided of the Independent Learning Center (ILC), which houses the audiovisual collections at SUNY-Buffalo's E. H. Butler Library. Survey response rates for faculty (26 percent) and students (62 percent) are noted. Survey findings are presented, indicating that: (1) faculty use both the library and the ILC less frequently than students; (2) ILC collections are seen primarily as audiovisual "reserve rooms"; (3) many students and faculty are underutilizing media items available on loan from ILC; (4) student and faculty users have extremely positive attitudes about the ILC facility and its services; and (5) faculty (67 percent) still prefer learning by reading while students are more evenly divided among reading (41 percent), listening (38 percent), and viewing (31 percent). Based on survey results, active promotion of ILC services is recommended. The survey questionnaire is appended, with associated frequencies of response for students and faculty given for each question. (Author/ESR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Library Users; State University of New York Coll at Buffalo