ERIC Number: ED352962
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Libraries and Librarians as Depicted in Freshmen English Textbooks: An Update.
This study examines the treatment given to libraries, librarians, and library usage in freshman English textbooks. The study follows criteria established by Virginia Tiefel ("Libraries and Librarians as Depicted in Freshman English Textbooks," College English 44, September 1982) in a study of texts published between 1952 and 1980. Tiefel found that libraries and librarians were discussed in a way that was not helpful to readers and reflected few of the tenets of bibliographic instruction. She suggested that such texts could be improved by stressing the relevance and importance of library skills, by addressing the real needs of freshmen, by making the search strategy concept the foundation of the treatment, and by producing such treatments in conjunction with librarians. The present study of 25 freshman English texts published between 1980 and 1990 finds that, while improvements have occurred in certain areas, such as in the discussions of librarian's roles in helping users, in other areas there has been little change for the better. For example only a few texts provide annotations for reference works they list, only three provide detailed discussions of the search strategy concept, only seven explain that coverage of the catalog may vary from library to library, and only six acknowledge the input of librarians. Discussions of the role of technology in libraries--online catalogs, online databases and searching, and CD-ROMs--also vary in helpfulness. A list of the texts examined, a list of the number of library related pages in each book and the percentage these pages compared to the rest of the book, and a list of the number of libraries reported holding these books are appended. (Contains 5 references.) (Author/KRN)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Kent State University.