ERIC Number: ED381160
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Electronic Information Access Technologies: A Faculty Needs Assessment.
Adams, Judith A.; And Others
This report presents the results of a survey of the information needs, attitudes, and expectations of faculty, administrators, and other academic professionals in the four University Centers of the State University of New York. The study sought current faculty views on information technology and access, library collections, cooperative collection development, and library resource sharing. Findings include: (1) the most common obstacle to use of electronic information resources for faculty is a lack of knowledge about what is available, rather than lack of funds; (2) user training is a high-priority need; (3) faculty access to computers, modems, and printers, and use of electronic information sources are high, and access to campus networks is less than optimal; (4) humanities faculty, in comparison with faculty in social science, science, and in the Professional Schools, have significantly less access to computer and communications equipment and software, and to the campus network; (5) a majority of respondents report that their campus library contains 75% or more of the key items in their field; (6) 79% report using interlibrary loan (ILL), but a majority do so only infrequently; (7) 40% report that they would use an expedited document delivery service only if it were free; (8) acceptable ILL delivery times for books and journals differ slightly, but in both instances faculty expectations remain relatively modest; (9) respondents express an interest in initiating a wide variety of library transactions by computer from their homes or offices; and (10) a surprisingly high percentage of faculty use personal funds to buy needed publications. Six recommendations are offered to improve faculty access and information technology use, and thirty-six tables illustrate the findings. Appendices include: the paper, "Issues Facing Research Libraries: Summary and Discussion Groups," from the Council on Library Resources Project Symposium on Policy Issues in Cooperative Collection Development and Resource Sharing; "Technology Infrastructure Survey and Resource Sharing Needs Assessment," a proposal to the library directors; the faculty needs assessment survey instrument; information on the study's authors; and a 51-item bibliography. (MAS)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Administrators, Attitude Measures, College Faculty, Computer Uses in Education, Expenditures, Higher Education, Information Technology, Interlibrary Loans, Library Collection Development, Library Collections, Library Cooperation, Needs Assessment, Scholarly Journals, Shared Resources and Services, Surveys, Use Studies
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council on Library Resources, Inc., Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New York State Univ. System, Albany.