ERIC Number: ED387113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Distance and Distance Research: The Need for Internet Proficiency in the Shadow of Shrinking Resources.
Williams, Arthur E.
This paper discusses the need for students and faculty at small, under-funded academic libraries in rural areas, such as the University of Maine at Machias, to have Internet proficiency so they can access more sources of information. Small academic libraries in remote areas often lack the resources for students to conduct adequate research without weeks of planning. The Internet can be used as an alternative information source. However, using the Internet can be frustrating because of the huge amount of information found on it, some of which is seen as trivial. In order to make the Internet a quality research tool, a college should make a commitment to providing computers and hiring support staff to train students and faculty. Changes need to be made in the Internet, too; standards and a system of organization need to be imposed on it. (AEF)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Curriculum Development, Financial Support, Higher Education, Information Sources, Information Technology, Internet, Library Materials, Microcomputers, Research Problems, Rural Areas, Small Colleges
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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Note: In: Association of Small Computer Users in Education (ASCUE) Summer Conference. Proceedings (28th, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, June 18-22, 1995); see IR 017 305.