ERIC Number: ED401901
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep-1
Reference Count: N/A
Sailor: Maryland's Online Public Information Network. Sailor Network Assessment Final Report Compendium.
Bertot, John Carlo; McClure, Charles R.
This compendium is a companion document to the Maryland Sailor Online Public Information Network assessment final report, and contains detailed study findings, study data collection activity write-ups, detailed methodologies, data collection tools, and consultant notes on the uses of the study's data collection instruments. The purpose of the assessment of Maryland's statewide computer network was to: (1) evaluate the value of the Sailor network to such target communities as the public library, K-12, business, minority, and state and local government communities; (2) recommend refinements and modifications to the Sailor network to meet the needs of the target communities; (3) measure the nature and extent of target community use of the Sailor network; and (4) create measurement devices that the Division of Library Development and Services (DLDS) can use in the future to assess the Sailor network. Data collection activities included: case studies of the five Maryland library systems, including focus groups and interviews with site personnel; mail and quick response surveys; focus groups and interviews with key Sailor entities; preliminary study result presentations; Sailor network traffic data collection; Sailor Web page assessment in comparison to five other statewide state library-run network Web pages; content analysis of case site, DLDS, and Sailor Operations Sailor-related planning, training, and manual documentation; and pre-testing data collection instruments, continual consultation with, and presentations to the Sailor network assessment Advisory Committee, DLDS, and the Maryland Library Association. Appendices include a cover letter and survey of school library media specialist internet use. (Author/SWC)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Community, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Networks, Data Collection, Focus Groups, Futures (of Society), Information Networks, Internet, Interviews, Learning Resources Centers, Librarians, Measurement, Online Systems, Program Evaluation, Public Libraries, Research Methodology, State Government, State Programs, Use Studies, User Needs (Information)
Division of Library and Development Services, Maryland State Department of Education, 200 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201-2595.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore. Div. of Library Development and Services.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland