ERIC Number: ED339370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Assessment of Library Skills and Traits of Entering and Lower Level English Students, Northern Michigan University, Olson Library.
Fowler, Rena; And Others
This report presents the results of a study conducted at Northern Michigan University's (NMU) Olson Library to determine the adequacy of the preparation of NMU students for library research, the soundness of the instructional objectives set for the freshman and sophomore class levels, and possible weak points in the program's coverage. The Library Skills Test developed by the Illinois Association for College and Research Libraries was the instrument used in the study. The test was supplemented with a series of additional questions on the background and experience of the students. The study results indicate that the library instruction program might focus in particular upon skills relating to location of materials arranged by the Library of Congress classification system; use of book indexes and periodical abstracts to locate relevant information; and recognition of the different citation forms for books, periodicals, and other library resources. It was found, however, that the entering NMU student has generally received adequate high school library instruction. Concluding the report are the following appendixes: Olson Library's library instruction goals and objectives; the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries' Library Skills Test together with additional questions designed to obtain information on the students; and tables and graphs displaying the results of the analyses of study data. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Michigan Univ., Marquette. Univ. Libraries.; Illinois Association of Coll. and Research Libraries, Urbana.