ERIC Number: ED448782
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
A Student's Guide to Evaluating Libraries in Colleges and Universities.
Association of Coll. and Research Libraries, Chicago, IL.
A student's selection of a college or university should include an evaluation of the library and its services and resources. Identifying and evaluating a good library are important in determining the level of educational opportunities an institution will provide. This publication is designed to help students make a decision about which college or university to attend by providing questions to consider in three critical areas: library facilities, resources, and services. Facilities questions include: Is the library building easy to find? When you are in the library, can you easily find your way around? Is the library space inviting? Is there adequate space for users and collections? Is there a variety of study spaces? Are the library hours convenient? Can the library accommodate any disabilities or special needs you may have? and Are multimedia production facilities available for your use? In terms of resources, careful consideration and evaluation of information in all formats is important. Questions should include: Is there an adequate collection in a variety of formats? Is the collection sufficiently current? Is there a Web-based catalog? Are there electronic tools for locating magazine and journal articles? Are required readings available electronically? Are resources available electronically in full-text format? Are library resources available remotely? and Will the library readily obtain materials for you that are not owned by the library? To understand the variety of services offered, students should consider these questions: Is sufficient staff available to help you? Is the staff friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, and available when you need them? What instruction programs are available to teach you how to use the library? Are computer terminals available and easily accessible? What ways can you access the library from your personal computer? Are there fees for services, such as printing? If so, are the fees reasonable? What services are available on a 24-hour basis? Can you get help electronically, such as via an e-mail question to a library staff member? How does the library support distance education if the college or university offers courses you can enroll in from off-campus? and Does the library support emerging technologies such as laptops, palm pilots, and e-books? (AEF)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, College Students, Decision Making, Evaluation Criteria, Facilities, Higher Education, Libraries, Library Collections, Library Materials, Library Services
For full text: http://www.ala.org/acrl/evalguide.html.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Coll. and Research Libraries, Chicago, IL.