ERIC Number: ED270189
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Instructor Perceptions of DeKalb Tech Library Needs.
Johnson, Berman E.
Since 1964, students and instructors at DeKalb Area Technical School have had access to the library services available on the adjacent campus of DeKalb College. In 1986, a study was conducted to determine the extent to which the library needs of vocational technical students at DeKalb Tech were being met by the informal agreement with DeKalb College. Interviews were conducted with DeKalb Tech instructors to determine how often and in what ways the instructors used the college library, the types of library materials and services the instructors require their students to use, and the impact that the establishment of a library at DeKalb Tech would have on instructors' and students' library usage. Study findings, based on responses from 150 of the 163 full and part-time instructors teaching at DeKalb Tech in spring 1986, included the following: (1) 46% of the instructors never used the DeKalb College Central Campus Library; (2) only 27% of the instructors reported using the library one or two times per quarter; (3) 33% of the day instructors and only one evening instructor used the college library for student coursework assignments; and (4) 71% of the instructors felt that a library established on the DeKalb Tech Campus would improve instructional activities. Based on study findings, it was concluded that the college library was not viewed by DeKalb Tech instructors as a viable aid to vocational-technical instruction. To improve these perceptions and increase library use, it was recommended that DeKalb Tech should establish a formal cooperative agreement with DeKalb College for use of the library; that a reading room should be established on the DeKalb Tech campus as a viable annex to the college library; that the technical librarian should take steps to improve DeKalb Tech perceptions of the library; and that DeKalb Tech instructors should be encouraged to consider the value of library services for their instructional activities. A copy of the survey instrument is appended. (RO)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: DeKalb Community Coll., Clarkston, GA. DeKalb Area Vocational-Technical School.