ERIC Number: ED401904
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Information Technology Policies. SPEC Kit 218.
Leung, Shirley; Bisom, Diane
The objectives of this survey were: to gather information on the development of institutional information technology policies and guidelines for responsible computing and use of electronic information; to identify the scope of such policies and guidelines; and to determine the role of the library in the development and/or use of the policies and guidelines. Thirty-nine responses were received from the 119 ARL institutions surveyed; not all respondents answered all questions. Of the 39 respondents, only two indicated that their institutions have not established electronic information policies. The remaining 37 reported that their institutions have either established policies or are in the process of doing so. Six indicated that they have a combination of official and interim policies. Four responding institutions are ARL members not affiliated with higher education institutions. Survey data is discussed in terms of promoting user access of policies; participants in developing policies; relationship to other institutional policies or guiding principles; issues concerning access and use; Internet/World Wide Web access; personal homepages, and linking to commercial sites; copyright and intellectual ownership; areas and issues for future policies; incidents of improper computer usage; whether institutions should develop policies (as opposed development of policies by state and federal agencies); and whether this survey topic should be revisited at a later date. The survey confirmed that libraries have much to contribute to the development of institutional policies and guidelines, and that they should continue to participate in this development by assuming coordinating, facilitating, and collaborating roles within the institution. There is a need to structure policies to serve as an educational tool to raise the awareness of users that many issues (privacy, harassment, and copyright, for example) transcend technologies. (AEF)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Fair Use (Copyrights), Guidelines, Higher Education, Information Policy, Information Technology, Library Development, Library Policy, Library Role, Library Surveys, Users (Information)
Association of Research Libraries, Office of Management Services, 21 Dupont Circle N.W., Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC.