ERIC Number: ED264877
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: N/A
Planning for End-User Database Searching: Drexel and the Mac: A User-Consistent Interface.
LaBorie, Tim; Donnelly, Leslie
Drexel University instituted a microcomputing program in 1984 which required all freshmen to own Apple Macintosh microcomputers. All students were taught database searching on the BRS (Bibliographic Retrieval Services) system as part of the freshman humanities curriculum, and the university library was chosen as the site to house continuing end-user searching facilities. This paper describes the university's training program and the library's planning process and database searching workshops. Emphasis is placed on the use of the Macintosh and several software packages in the planning and implementation process, including developing budgets, creating instructional materials, maintaining statistics, and writing minutes of meetings. In planning the program, attention was directed toward user-operated equipment, software, search costs, and statistical reports. A discussion of training end-users focuses on three groups: faculty, freshmen, and everyone else on campus who might want to learn to do their own searching. A final section summarizes the results of the year-old program. An appendix lists and summarizes the software packages used with the Macintosh for planning and teaching. (Author/THC)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, College Freshmen, Computer Literacy, Computer Software, Databases, Higher Education, Library Facilities, Library Instruction, Library Planning, Microcomputers, Online Searching, Program Descriptions, Workshops
Working Paper Series, Microcomputing Program, Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Drexel University, 32nd and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Microcomputing Program.