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ERIC Number: ED406986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 165
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0160-3582
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)
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
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC. Office of Management Services.