ERIC Number: ED352961
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
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Learning Resource Centers of State-Supported Two-Year Community Colleges in Ohio, Minnesota, Indiana & Illinois: An Automation Study.
Mohler, Joyce S.
The purpose of this study was to determine the current levels of automation and plans for future automation in state-supported, two-year community college libraries. A second purpose was to examine the impact of independent variables, such as enrollment and professional staff, on library automation. Eighty community college library directors and others responded to a questionnaire designed to determine college demographics; current use and future plans for using an online public catalog; automated systems for circulation, acquisition, serials control, and equipment inventory; computer labs; automated reference services; and resource sharing with other organizations. The majority of respondents were providing state-of-the-art library technology. Fifty-eight percent had automated public catalogs, 52% offered online reference services, and more than 72% provided CD-ROMs for patrons to use. Microcomputers or microcomputer labs were offered by 57% of the respondents. The study found that independent college libraries were as progressive as those affiliated with a central system. Size of enrollment, but not collection size or professional staff, were not significantly related to the level of automation. The cover letter and survey instrument sent to library directors are appended. (Contains 15 references.) (KRN)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Indiana; Minnesota; Ohio