ERIC Number: ED210038
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Oct-23
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Online Searching Instruction in Schools of Library and Information Science.
Fenichel, Carol Hansen; Harter, Stephen Paul
A survey conducted to document the status of online searching instruction in United States and Canadian library and information science schools specifically sought information on: reference use of technical processing and traditional search systems, consciousness raising instruction, instructional levels, physical facilities, funding sources, and faculty opinions on online searching, including developmental problems and its future. It was administered by a curriculum committee established in 1979 by the User Group on Online Educators of the American Society for Information Science to improve education and online searching. Of the 116 questionnaires mailed in April 1980 to all ALA accredited library schools and to all institution members of the Association of American Library Schools and a few other schools, 72 were completed and returned. Ten interviews were also conducted in accredited library schools. The results of the survey confirmed that, although courses, instruction content, and teaching methods vary, instruction in online searching is today an integral part of library and information science education. Three educational patterns were identified: the "Single Online Course" approach, the "Large Component" approach, and the "Integrated" approach. Unedited responses to open-ended questions and summaries of the ten case studies are provided as well as 23 tables and 15 references. (RBF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., Dublin, OH.