ERIC Number: ED406986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Internet Training in ARL Libraries. SPEC Kit 220.
Cawthorne, Jon E., Comp.; Bleiler, Richard, Comp.
This survey gauged the number of academic libraries offering workshops and classes on the use of the Internet and the World Wide Web. In the spring of 1996, a survey on Internet instruction was distributed to the then 119 ARL member libraries. The survey asked about instruction methods, instructional facilities, planning, technology, publicity, and documentation of the existing courses. A total of 56 responses (47%) were received. Ninety-one percent of the respondents offer or plan to offer Internet training to their users. Most of the respondents offer a series of non-credit independent workshops for faculty, staff, and students. A number of the libraries offer Internet instruction in non-library campus buildings using a variety of the technologies currently available. Sixty percent of the libraries collaborate with other departments and their computing center. Ninety-two percent of the libraries have at least one classroom for the purpose of Internet training, but less than half (46%) have classrooms that contain computers in sufficient numbers that students are permitted to have their own computer. In addition to having electronic classrooms, 70% of the libraries use other rooms in the library for Internet instruction. In almost every instance, instruction on the Internet has been integrated into existing library budgets (84%). Courses are planned predominantly by librarians (38%), but also by library administrators (21%), library support staff (18%), and faculty (14%). The majority of Internet instruction is conducted on networked IBM or IBM-clone machines with LCD (liquid crystal display) panels and an image or slide projector. Libraries rely mostly on posted flyers to publicize Internet instruction (26%). Other common methods include placing announcements on their Web pages (21%), advertising in the campus newspapers (18%), mailing flyers (15%), and posting on electronic lists (12%). Besides survey results, the kit also includes supporting documents for the classes and workshops; instructional handouts; PowerPoint presentations; and evaluation instruments. (Contains 12 references.) (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Electronic Classrooms, Higher Education, Information Technology, Internet, Library Instruction, Library Research, Library Surveys, Staff Development, Training, Use Studies, Workshops, World Wide Web
Association of Research Libraries, Office of Management Services, 21 Dupont Circle, N.W., Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC. Office of Management Services.