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ERIC Number: ED171265
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Pages: 145
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Narrative Evaluation Report on the Information and Referral Services Traineeship at the University of Toledo.
McBeth, Ray
This document explains and evaluates the Information and Referral Services Traineeship program, which was designed to take information professionals who work in information and referral centers and provide them with information training to better meet the needs of the constituent groups they serve. Trainees, who were recruited and selected according to specific criteria, were trained using an open curriculum model that allowed student selection of courses on the basis of individual need. Data for evaluation were gathered from the trainees, director, and faculty using oral and written instruments during on-site visits and follow-up evaluations. Data indicated that two program objectives were reasonably well achieved--trainees increased their understanding of library services, information needs and cooperation, and many increased their skills in information retrieval. The third objective, to improve agency information services, was achieved in only two agencies and was deemed an unrealistic expectation. The laissez faire method of conducting management functions was experienced as largely counterproductive. Trainees cited the faculty members and director for their unique contributions, concern, helpfulness, and warmth. In conclusion, trainees saw themselves as better prepared to provide an unusual and increasingly important community service following completion of the program. Program and evaluation materials are appended. (CWM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Toledo Univ., OH. Dept. of Library and Information Services.
Note: Appendix C removed; Appendices vary in legibility due to some light and broken type