ERIC Number: ED315099
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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SLA Networking Committee Survey. Final Report.
In 1988 the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Networking Committee conducted a survey of association members to identify important networking issues and concerns. The survey results, presented in this report, were intended to assist the SLA Board of Directors in determining future directions for the association to take with respect to networking. The questionnaire, which was designed to be self-administered, was mailed to SLA chapter presidents and "Bulletin" editors. Respondents were asked to list problems they had had with networking, what they would like SLA to do to improve networking opportunities, and related questions. A total of 113 questionnaires were received and entered into a VAX/VMS minicomputer for analysis. The analysis was designed to divide respondents from corporate, nonprofit, and government-related libraries from respondents in academic or public libraries. Results indicate that the vast majority of SLA members belong to at least one network. Special librarians belong to an average of 2.2 networks; respondents from academic libraries belong to an average of 3.2. Most frequently cited benefits of networking were related to interlibrary loan and cataloging. Although most respondents did not indicate problems associated with networking, those who did most often mentioned high costs as a concern. The committee recommends that SLA provide its members with more information and education on networking benefits and opportunities, and support network-related research. Eleven tables are attached and the survey instrument and verbatim responses to the question "Is there anything else about networking you would like us to know?" are appended. (SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Special Libraries Association (80th, New York, NY, June 10-15, 1989).