ERIC Number: ED435405
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Information-Seeking Behavior of Professors of Art History and Studio Art.
Eleven artists and sixteen art historians teaching in five liberal arts colleges and three universities were interviewed to discover their information needs and the resources they use, not only for their own work, but for teaching purposes. The participants almost all subscribe to art journals, and many read newspapers. They visit libraries frequently, usually more than one library, and, unlike previous reports, a majority are willing to ask the librarian for help. Also, in marked contrast to previous reports in the literature, a large percentage of both art historians and artists are using computers. All 27 use slides extensively in the classroom, supplemented in most cases by textbooks, but also by journal articles and other readings on reserve in the library. Some take students to visit museums and galleries locally, and a few take students to nearby cities or even Europe. Approximately 50% of both groups of participants use the computer for teaching purposes. Some recommendations are made for ways in which academic librarians might use the information gleaned in this study to better serve their arts faculty. A copy of the interview questionnaire is appended. (Contains 28 references.) (Author/MES)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Art History, Art Teachers, Artists, Arts Centers, College Faculty, Computer Uses in Education, Field Trips, Higher Education, Information Seeking, Information Sources, Interviews, Library Services, Museums, Questionnaires, Reading Materials, Studio Art, Teacher Surveys, User Needs (Information), Users (Information), Visual Aids
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Research Paper, Kent State University.