ERIC Number: ED255225
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Reference Count: 0
University of Arizona Library. A Final Report from the Public Services Research Projects. Assessing the Instructional Needs of Students in a Selected Scientific Discipline at the University of Arizona. One of a Series of Self-Studies and Research Projects.
Greenfield, Louise; And Others
This study provides a model for assessing the library instructional needs of students in a selected scientific discipline, developing a program to meet those needs, and evaluating the results. Library research study units, which were integrated into an undergraduate course in the wildlife division, were presented in four 1-hour class sessions. Basic skills (classification systems, reading call numbers, the author/title card catalog, and the subject card catalog) were covered outside of the primary units via a self-paced exercise workbook which students were to complete after the first lecture. The four library research study units included lecture, discussion, and independent assignments covering publication sequence and popular/scholarly articles, indexes and abstracts, government documents, and known item searching. The narrative portion of this report discusses the impetus for the study and anticipated outcomes, research methodology, summary and evaluation of the library research study units, student evaluations, evaluation of the results, and conclusions. Appendices, which make up the major portion of the report, include: (1) full copies of all assessment tools developed and used during the study; (2) class lectures, handouts, and assignments for the study units and the self-paced workbook; (3) the performance exam designed to validate the test instrument; and (4) a 25-item annotated bibliography of literature examined during the study. (THC)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Departments, Higher Education, Instructional Materials, Library Instruction, Library Services, Library Skills, Needs Assessment, Program Evaluation, Reference Materials, Research Libraries, Scientific and Technical Information, Self Evaluation (Groups), Undergraduate Students, User Satisfaction (Information)
Association of Research Libraries, Office of Management Studies, 1527 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036 ($15.00 per copy, prepaid).
Publication Type: Guides - General; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: General Electric Foundation, Ossining, NY.
Authoring Institution: Arizona Univ., Tucson. Univ. Library.; Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC. Office of Management Studies.
Identifiers: University of Arizona
Note: For related documents, see IR 051 066-074.