ERIC Number: ED345751
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-29
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How Special Librarians Really Use the Internet: Summary of Findings and Implications for the Library of the Future.
Ladner, Sharyn J.; Tillman, Hope N.
A five-page electronic questionnaire was sent to 113 special librarians who responded to "Call for Participation" announcements posted on nine computer conferences in July 1991 and a similar announcement in the August 1991 issue of the monthly newsletter of the Special Libraries Association. Fifty-four librarians completed the questionnaire, which sought information on the computer conferences to which they subscribed; the length of time they had been using either BITNET or the Internet; and the type of training they had had in using either of the two networks. In addition, the respondents were asked to rank five functions or capabilities available on either BITNET or Internet--electronic mail and computer forums, remote database searching, file transfer and data exchange, research and publication on the Internet--by extent of use. They were also asked to determine the importance and value of BITNET or Internet to their work and for special librarians in general. Analyses of the responses indicated that the respondents' median experience level on the Internet or BITNET was 24 months; 65% of the respondents had trained themselves on the Internet, while 59% had learned informally from a colleague; formal training ranging from a single one-hour class to more structured learning was available to 39% of the librarians; and an overwhelming majority of the special librarians in the study (93%) used the Internet for electronic mail. (MAB)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Computer Networks, Databases, Electronic Mail, Electronic Publishing, Information Networks, Librarians, Library Surveys, Online Searching, Online Systems, Special Libraries, Telecommunications, Teleconferencing, Use Studies, User Needs (Information)
Internet, through anonymous file transfer protocol (ftp), using the following location (hydra.uwo.ca), directory (LibSoft), and filename (SPEC[underscore] Libs.txt).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: "This report was posted on March 29, 1992, to nine computer conferences where call for participation announcements had been posted in the summer of 1991: BUSLIB-L, LIBREF-L, LIBRES, MEDLIB-L, PACS-L, LAW-LIB, LIBADMIN, MAPS-L, and PAMnet."