ERIC Number: ED105882
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Mar
Reference Count: 0
AIMLO: Auto-Instructional Media for Library Orientation. Final Report.
Stevens, R.; And Others
In October, 1971, AIMLO (Auto-Instructional Media for Library Orientation) was initiated at Colorado State University Libraries. AIMLO is an innovative approach to undergraduate library instruction, providing on-demand, point-of-use programs about three basic library tools: periodical indexes, the card catalog, and U.S. government documents. To keep student usage of AIMLO on a strictly voluntary basis, three unobtrusive evaluation techniques were initially tried: counters on the machines to record use totals, optional questionnaires, and a telephone survey. When these results proved insufficient, it was decided to evaluate AIMLO instruction by means of a library use quiz, administered to three sections of an introductory psychology course in the fall of 1973. Section one of the class was encouraged to use AIMLO for library orientation, section two was given printed guides, and section three received no library instruction. One week later, the unannounced quiz was administered. Fifty-two percent of the 502 students had made no use of library instruction and only 15 percent had made any use of the machines. Since the students using AIMLO scored high on the quiz in comparison to all other groups, continuation of the program was recommended. Appendixes include the questionnaires, the quiz, and the printed library guides. (SL)
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Autoinstructional Aids, College Libraries, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Educational Testing, Evaluation Methods, Library Instruction, Library Skills, Methods Research, Multimedia Instruction, Objective Tests, Orientation Materials, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Programed Instruction, Questionnaires, Use Studies
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins. Libraries.