ERIC Number: ED247932
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Microcomputers in Academic Research Libraries. Final Report.
Patrick, Ruth J.; Booth, Robert E.
The Wayne State University Libraries began to explore the potential uses of microcomputers when an Apple II was acquired in 1982 with the intention of encouraging staff members to learn how to use it and to explore possible uses it could have for library operations. The positive response of the staff to the prospect of learning more about microcomputers prompted this research study. The goals of the study were to: (1) explore what motivates people to learn about microcomputers; (2) develop a training program to increase the computing literacy quotient of the libraries staff and library science faculty and staff; (3) develop guidelines to assist in some of the technical issues concerning microcomputers; (4) use a change model in an operational setting to increase the chances of successfully introducing a new form of an already existing technology; and (5) explore an operational problem in an academic research library from the viewpoint of a research study and in collaboration with library science faculty. Study materials appended include the questionnaires, responses, cross-tabulations, lists of variables, and computer output for the attitude survey and training evaluation; data from these questionnaires; and data collected with follow-up questionnaires and computer output. (DMC)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Attitude Measures, Change Strategies, Computer Literacy, Cooperation, Course Evaluation, Higher Education, Inservice Education, Library Automation, Library Research, Library Surveys, Microcomputers, Professional Training, Questionnaires, Research Libraries, Staff Development, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Apple II; Wayne State University MI