ERIC Number: ED313056
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
An Academic Library Workshop for Instructing Students with Learning Disabilities To Use CD-ROM Databases.
Carlson, Greg; Pontau, Donna Z.
This report discusses a workshop conducted by the library of San Jose State University to instruct eight students with learning disabilities (SLD) in the use of CD-ROM databases. The workshop contributors believed that CD-ROM databases could simplify research paper and homework assignments for such students. The 5-month workshop sought not only to entice these students into the library to receive tailored library instruction, but also to strengthen the bonds between the library and the campus learning disabilities staff. Because sequencing was a problem for this group, the workshop was broken into constituent parts, which incorporated the steps necessary to formulate, implement, view, and print out search results on the ERIC CD-ROM database from SilverPlatter. The accompanying instructional materials (e.g., handouts and overhead projections) were color-coded; this was particularly helpful to students with certain perceptual disorders for whom reading high contrast print materials (i.e., black and white) would be difficult. The workshop achieved its objectives of establishing better contact with both the target group and the learning disabilities support staff. It is suggested that this workshop could serve as a model for bibliographic instruction to other groups who require simple, systematic entry into the technology. Nine sections of colored handouts are appended, including a CD-ROM evaluation form. (16 references) (SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: San Jose Community Coll. District, CA.