ERIC Number: ED387136
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Internet and Academic Librarians: Training, Promotion, and Time.
Condic, Kristine S.
The growth and influence of the Internet have been phenomenal in the past few years. Academic librarians are faced with a new service for their clientele who, in most cases, will need instruction in order to use the Internet effectively. Many academic libraries are already providing training sessions for their users. A survey of 150 libraries was undertaken to find out the state of affairs of the Internet in academic libraries throughout the country, with a response rate of 67% (101 libraries). The following questions were explored: (1) Teaching methods--Which types of methods are being used for teaching staff and the community about services provided on the Internet? Is the library or the campus computer center responsible for teaching users about the Internet?; (2) Promotion--How are Internet services promoted on campus (via workshops, news items, library instruction) and which methods work the best?; (3) Librarians' Time and Service--Do librarians have enough time to explore the Internet and how has it changed the service they provide to their clientele?; and (4) Maintenance of Search Skills--How do librarians keep up-to-date on the latest changes and happenings on the Internet? Results showed that library staff and community training takes place through non-credit workshops (62%), presentations to academic departments (55%), and sessions from bibliographic instruction (54%). Many libraries and computer centers are conducting joint Internet presentations. The most widely-used methods of promotion were found to be: hands-on workshops (60%); one-on-one instruction (56%); library instruction (54%); lecture workshops (51%); and instruction sheets (50%). Librarians are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain their Internet skills due to a lack of time. Five tables and one figure illustrate data. A questionnaire for online search coordinators is provided in an appendix. (Contains seven references.) (MAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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