ERIC Number: ED401925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
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A Survey of the Information-Seeking Practices of Dance Professionals in Ohio.
Grattino, Dawn M.
Little is known about the information needs and information-seeking strategies of dance professionals. Dance, an interdisciplinary subject that draws from music, theater, and anatomy and physiology, among other disciplines, has only recently begun to be taken seriously as an academic discipline. This preliminary study explores the extent to which dance professionals use libraries in their professional life: it examines what information resources are used by dance professionals, including human, material, and technological; where the information resources are found; the types of materials used, and the frequency of use of these materials; and the subject matter most frequently utilized by dance professionals in their daily work. Questionnaires were sent to 217 dance professionals residing in Ohio, with a return rate of 32% (n=70). Most respondents have access to a dance collection, ranging from private collections to the Internet, and libraries meet their needs at least some of the time. Dance professionals surveyed use a great deal of material not directly related to the movement arts. Level of library use ranged from never to weekly, with academic and public libraries used equally, and use of professional collections slightly less. Colleagues are the most important source of technical information, and the source dance professionals consult most often. Books, videos, professional journals, and recorded music are the most frequently used types of materials. Dance technique, choreography, creative process, and aesthetics/criticism are the most frequently researched topics. Appendices include the study cover letter and questionnaire. (Contains 24 references.) (SWC)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Dance, Higher Education, Information Needs, Information Seeking, Information Sources, Interdisciplinary Approach, Library Collections, Professional Personnel, Public Libraries, Reference Materials, Research Needs, Surveys, Use Studies, User Needs (Information)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio