ERIC Number: ED349876
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
Categories of Electronic Publications in a College Information System. AIR 1992 Annual Forum Paper.
This paper identifies and describes the categories of electronic publications (EPs) in a document-based communication and information system called JIMMY, developed by Queen Margaret College (Edinburgh, Scotland) for use by students and staff in general arts and paramedical courses. The use of computer-mediated communication systems like bulletin boards, electronic mail, and post-coordinate boolean retrieval technologies is discussed, together with user behavior and attitudes toward the system's adoption. A user requirements survey determined that principal categories of EPs that should be displayed included past examination papers, syllabus material, abstracts of articles, timetables, and assignment specifications. Survey reports from 12-month operational trials indicate that from 14 categories of EPs identified for use, course syllabus information was the most popular for viewing on video display screens, with bulletin board interfaces showing preference over post-coordinate boolean retrieval methods. Possible enhancements to the system are listed as well as the main criticisms. It is noted that the system not only proved to be an academic awareness tool, but that it also became a valuable educational resource and teaching tool. (GLR)
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Students, Computer System Design, Electronic Mail, Evaluation, Higher Education, Information Needs, Information Networks, Information Retrieval, Information Systems, Information Utilization, Online Searching, Online Systems, Reference Services, School Publications, User Needs (Information), User Satisfaction (Information)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - General
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Identifiers: AIR Forum; Queen Margaret College (Scotland)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (32nd, Atlanta, GA, May 10-13, 1992).