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ERIC Number: ED351031
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Pages: 82
Abstractor: N/A
Report of the Faculty Research Initiative Grant: Learning-Disabled Students and Academic Library Services.
Donley, Mary; And Others
This report describes a research project designed to improve the University of Wisconsin-Stout (UW-S) Library Learning Center services to students with learning disabilities. Three groups were surveyed to gather the information needed to improve services. Learning disabled students at the UW-S campus were asked to identify problems encountered in the use of the Library Learning Center. Twenty-eight UW System libraries were surveyed to identify services provided to the learning disabled. Fifty-five academic libraries at colleges and universities considered to have exemplary programs for the learning disabled were also surveyed. Names of these programs were secured from the National Center on Postsecondary Transition for Students with Learning Disabilities. The survey showed that UW-S students were not using the library as often as they should. Problems identified included difficulties with using CD-ROM databases, time restrictions on the use of equipment, and background noise and distractions. Problems in using the library were also detailed by persons assigned to serve the learning disabled at other institutions surveyed. Problems were classified into six groups: reading/language problems; difficulty in asking for assistance; organizational skills; research skills; directional difficulties; and technology. A few of the respondents also gave examples of how their libraries provided assistance to these students. The survey showed, however, that only 34% of the institutions had a library-related program or service for learning disabled students. The project report includes a list of 21 recommendations based on replies to the surveys. The recommendations are grouped into five areas of need: identification/assistance; instruction/publications; orientation/instruction; environment/equipment; and research. Appendices contain a copy of the project research proposal; a list of institutions surveyed; the definition of learning disabilities used in the study; the letter and questionnaire sent to UW-S students with learning disabilities; and letters and questionnaires sent to service providers. (KRN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A