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ERIC Number: ED352996
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Facing the Library Media Challenge of the Nineties: A Survey of Automation in Minnesota Schools.
Keable, Doreen M.; And Others
A survey of school media centers in Minnesota elementary and secondary schools was undertaken to determine the extent of the progress they have made towards meeting the Information Power guidelines for automation. Two hundred schools were selected to receive an eight-page questionnaire, and 57% responded. The results show that Minnesota library media centers have made some progress toward meeting automation guidelines, but that there are still many centers that need to be strengthened. Forty-eight percent of the schools lacked an automated circulation system, 75% percent had no automated catalog, and 84% were not using automation in reference services. These statistics indicate that school library media specialists need to seek out information about automation in order to provide the technology needed in the nineties. The following conclusions are based on analyses of the data received from the respondents: (1) there is a direct relationship between the size of a school and whether the school is likely to have automated catalog, circulation, or reference services; the larger the school, the greater the chance of its being automated; (2) schools are likely to implement automation in this sequence--circulation, the catalog, and reference services; (3) library media specialists are basically satisfied with the circulation system and automated catalog that they have selected; and (4) those library media specialists who have not yet automated cited lack of money and no perceived need for automation. A copy of the questionnaire used in this study is appended. (KRN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota