ERIC Number: EJ925451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Assessing Information-Seeking Behavior of Computer Science and Engineering Faculty
Tucci, Valerie K.
Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, n64 Win 2011
This study, the first phase of a multi-phase effort, was undertaken to assess and provide for the information needs of the Faculty of the Schools of Science and Engineering at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in the digital age. The objectives of this phase were to: 1) gain an in-depth understanding of how computer science and engineering faculty members currently obtain information and thus influence students, 2) determine changes needed in the collection/services of the library to facilitate this information flow and implement desired change and 3) share this experience so other librarians may question whether their faculty members also feel misunderstood and 4) initiate a dialogue with faculty members to obtain their perspective and insight. Focus Group standardized protocol with a trained facilitator and recorder was employed to gather qualitative data from 47% of the computer science and engineering faculty. The facilitator employed a pre-designed guide to elicit responses about current and desired library collections and services. Nine major information behaviors or issues were identified as needing to be addressed. From this feedback, collection/services changes were implemented to support the positive information behaviors and to overcome barriers to enhancing students' information literacy and life-long learning skills while assuring faculty members that their needs were heard and understood.
Descriptors: College Faculty, Computer Science, Engineering, Information Needs, Library Services, Educational Change, Information Transfer, Information Literacy, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, Feedback (Response), Focus Groups, Information Seeking, Behavioral Science Research
Science and Technology Section, Association of College and Research Libraries. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Web site: http://www.istl.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey