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ERIC Number: ED309769
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Pages: 36
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Library Circulation of ERIC Microfiche Documents and Portable Viewers.
Jamison, Martin
Two surveys were conducted: (1) one of 78 ERIC document users at Ohio State University to gather data on how they find and use the ERIC documents and their attitudes toward the library's lending policy; and (2) one of 218 academic libraries with ERIC microfiche collections to obtain information on their patrons' access to and use of ERIC documents. The 179 responses received from libraries indicated that, although most institutions do not lend ERIC microfiche and viewers, the majority of those that do experienced no serious problems with the practice. Of the 43 library users who completed the questionnaire, nearly half reported that they attempted to find paper copies of the ERIC microfiche documents before using the microfiche, and 51% of them also charged out a viewer, while 32% planned to use a viewer elsewhere, four intended to copy their documents on a reader-printer elsewhere, and three owned their own viewers. Searching ERIC on CD-ROM was the most cited source of references, followed by the library system's online catalog. Nearly all of the respondents felt that the process for gathering references and locating ERIC microfiche was simple and understandable, and two-thirds of them reported that the library policy was suitable for their purposes. Additional information on the library survey provided in this report includes loan periods and annual circulation rates for both microfiche and viewers; number of microfiche that can be charged out; user access to ERIC files; amounts of in-house equipment; and problems encountered. Copies of the two questionnaires are appended. (BBM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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