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ERIC Number: ED089766
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Mar
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Microreadings; Easing Obstacles to Library Distribution of Information.
West, Martha W.; Butler, Brett B.
In an effort to deal with some of the problems of a "reserve book room" in a university library, a study was conducted by the Department of Librarianship at San Jose State University of the feasibility of providing students with their required course readings in microfiche format. One section of the students in the basic survey course, Foundations of Librarianship, used microfiche copies of their assigned readings, the other two sections obtained the same readings in the reserve book room as usual. At semester end, an anonymous questionnaire was distributed to the class. Although sample size and study limitations precluded drawing firm conclusions, results indicated that reaction to the microreadings was positive by all concerned; the microfiche were felt to be preferable to the reserve book system. Problems noted were the availability of microfiche readers and the technical difficulties and costs of the microfilming process and of obtaining copyright release from publishers. The appendix to this report contains the survey questionnaire and response data, the course syllabus, and the correspondence involved in obtaining copyright clearance. (SL)
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Authoring Institution: San Jose State Univ., CA. Dept. of Librarianship.