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ERIC Number: ED233742
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Computer Use in Massachusetts Libraries, December 1982.
Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, Boston.
In November 1982, questionnaires were sent to 1400 public, secondary school, academic, and special libraries in Massachusetts to determine their use of computers for various activities. Of the 778 respondents, 282 (36.2%) reported automation of some kind and an additional 105 (13.5%) indicated that they were planning some automation within a year. This document is a summary report of the study. It includes a matrix by function and by library, indicating the use of computers for acquisitions, cataloging, serials operations, production of union lists, indexing, circulation, maintenance of information and referral files, interlibrary lending, online searching of remote databases, direct patron use, word processing, administrative activities, and other activities. It also indicates whether a library plans to begin, change, or extend automated functions. The matrix is arranged alphabetically by municipality, with additional indexes by institution and by type of library provided. A description of study purposes and methodology and a brief analysis of findings are also provided. It is noted that complete survey findings have been entered into a computerized database, known as "Autosurv," on an Apple II+ microcomputer. The report concludes with a sample questionnaire, and instructions and a sample request form for obtaining further information on survey results using the "Autosurv" database. (ESR)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, Boston.