ERIC Number: ED349032
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
ERIC User Survey. Report.
ACCESS ERIC, Rockville, MD.
This survey, which was conducted in 1991, was designed to assess the education information needs of respondents, as well as the extent of their use of (Educational Resources Information Center), ERIC, their evaluation of ERIC services and products, and their suggestions for system improvement and expansion. The 1,184 respondents who completed a 21-question survey included administrators, classroom teachers, policymakers, education researchers, graduate students, and others. Their responses showed a high degree of familiarity with ERIC; librarians were the user group with the highest degree of ERIC recognition; the two most common ways to learn about ERIC were through courses or inservice training and through the library; over half of the respondents had used ERIC Clearinghouses; over a third had written documents in the database; and a large number were unfamiliar with or knew about but did not use the ERIC Document Reproduction Service. Well over half of the respondents who had done ERIC searches rated each type of search service--online, CD-ROM, and printed or microfiche indexes--as "Very Helpful." Both RIE and CIJE received particularly high ratings. Research was the most common purpose for database use, and school administrators were the most diverse in their use. User recommendations for improvement fell into four areas: technology expansion, database improvements, product improvement, and accessibility and training. This report contains an executive summary; background information on the survey; detailed discussions of both the survey findings and their implications; and recommendations for system improvements based on the findings. A copy of the questionnaire and a description of the survey methodology are appended. (BBM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Educational Resources Information Center (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ACCESS ERIC, Rockville, MD.