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ERIC Number: ED450811
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 16
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The Texas Library Connection: Usage by and Concerns of School Librarians.
Haynes, Elizabeth
The Texas Library Connection (TLC) is a state-funded project that began in 1995. TLC is intended to provide a statewide electronic network for school libraries that provides a union database of school library holdings, access to commercial full-text databases, access to MARC cataloging records, and access to interlibrary loan functions. This paper studies TLC in terms of whether and how it has been used in school libraries of various sizes. In the spring of 1998, a questionnaire was distributed to a randomly selected sample drawn from TLC member campuses that joined during 1995-96 and 1996-97. The Stages of Concern Questionnaire was used as a part of data gathering. The study examines whether certain factors impacted the use of the TLC and looks at possible relationships between selected factors and the stages of concern of librarians who are TLC members. Findings are discussed in terms of the six research problems studied: (1) relationship between size of district, frequency of usage of TLC and type of usage of TLC; (2) relationship between TLC training and Stages of Concern (SoC) scores; (3) relationship between the type of usage of TLC and SoC scores; (4) relationship between the presence of district library leadership and SoC scores; (5) relationship between the type of Internet connection and frequency of usage of TLC; and (6) relationship between the presence of centralized processing in the district and type of usage of TLC. In a final section of additional findings, the paper concludes that TLC is making process toward its goals of providing equity of access and a variety of resources and services to students and library media centers in Texas. Includes seven charts and graphs. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas