ERIC Number: ED352970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug-1
Online/CD-ROM Bibliographic Database Searching in a Small Academic Library.
Pitet, Lynn T.
The purpose of the project described in this paper was to gather information about online/CD-ROM database systems that would be useful in improving the services offered at the University of Findlay, a small private liberal arts college in northwestern Ohio. A survey was sent to 67 libraries serving colleges similar in size which included questions on: (1) whether the libraries offer online bibliographic services, CD-ROM searching, or both; (2) whether the services are equally available to all groups served by the library; (3) who pays for the services and how the fee is determined; (4) if libraries advertise their search capabilities, how they do so; and (5) where the online search workstation is located. Completed surveys were received from 57 institutions with a student population between 1,000 and 3,000. Most of the respondents offered both online and CD-ROM services. Virtually every library made search services available to both library staff and to faculty. Almost all of the libraries offered their search capacities to undergraduate students. About a third charged no fees for online search services. Of the two-thirds that charged, about half charged on the basis of connect time costs and half charged according to the status of the requester. Ninety percent of the respondents advertised their services through bibliographic instruction, in-library promotion, campus-wide promotion, and other methods. The search workstation is likely to be located in a room by itself, but many terminals are also found in the reference room. Librarians conducted online searches in the great majority of cases while patrons searched CD-ROM databases. Faculty research was the most common reason for conducting a search. Only a quarter of the respondents had a written policy for conducting searches. Nearly half of the respondents conducted fewer than six searches each month. A copy of the survey and cover letter sent to the libraries is appended. (Contains 32 references.) (KRN)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Kent State University.