ERIC Number: ED307893
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Survey of Desirable Skills for Undergraduate Students.
This 16-item questionnaire was sent to 142 selected college and university libraries in February 1987 to determine which library skills academic librarians consider desirable for undergraduate students. Questionnaires were returned by 89 respondents (62.7%). The number of respondents for each question and the titles of the resources cited in their replies are provided (as applicable) in this tally of the responses. Issues addressed by the survey questions include: (1) the most important library resources (e.g., indexes, reference works); (2) frequently used journal indexes; (3) extent of use of general encyclopedias; (4) use of newspaper indexes; (5) greatest problems encountered by freshmen in the library; (6) main purpose for using the library; and (7) search strategies (both manual and database) used by librarians. An analysis of the responses to the question on the greatest problems experienced by freshman using the library is attached, together with copies of two letters sent to the survey respondents. (CGD)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Higher Education, Information Needs, Library Instruction, Library Materials, Library Role, Library Skills, Problems, Questionnaires, Reference Services, School Libraries, Search Strategies, Secondary Education, Surveys, Undergraduate Students, User Needs (Information)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Results of this survey were presented at the National LOEX Library Instruction Conference (16th, Bowling Green, OH, May 1988) and the Annual Conference of the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (Columbus, OH, October 1988). For a related analytical paper, see IR 052 783.