ERIC Number: ED202479
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
A Primer on Effective Library Utilization for Department Chairpersons.
Jennerich, Edward J.
Intended to aid fellow department chairpersons in developing adequate library resources and to suggest ways of motivating departments in their use, this paper proffers suggestions based on the author's experience as a librarian and academic department chairman. It is suggested that (1) guidelines established by the library profession and accrediting agencies can be useful in establishing standards for the acquisition of materials for curriculum collections; (2) available selection aids include book reviews, publishers' advertisements, author reputations, and the professional judgment of the chairperson augmented by opinions of the library staff or faculty committee; (3) central library collections appear to offer more advantages for faculty than department libraries; (4) the chairperson should encourage and develop faculty and student usage of library resources; and (5) graduate trained librarians can assist the chairperson by acting as information brokers between the collections and the department through library instruction and workshops, or through course related or subject specific library instruction directly connected with the department curriculum. The chairperson is encouraged to initiate such activities as a means of enhancing the quality of departmental instruction. (RAA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A