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Use and awareness of electronic information services by academic staff at Glasgow Caledonian University

Angel de Vicente (Instituto de Astrofisica de Camarias, Lalaguna, Tenerife, Spain)
John Crawford (Library Research Officer at Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK)
Stuart Clink (E‐Learner Developer, at Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK)

Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Article publication date: 1 October 2004

Abstract

The present study reports on the use of electronic information services by staff at GCU. It is part of a wider study which reports on usage by both staff and students. It builds on previous work at Leeds Metropolitan University, and as the user population at GCU is well understood the outcomes contain useful baseline data for comparison. It reports on the views of 97 respondents out of an academic staff of about 700. The freely available Internet was the most widely used source, which some respondents viewed as a more appropriate source of vocationally orientated information than passworded databases. Less than a third used the catalogue to find EIS, which raises questions about the future of the catalogue as a free‐standing comprehensive resource. Non‐use of EIS was rarely due to difficulty of access or use. Staff were pessimistic about their student's skill levels in using EIS.

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de Vicente, A., Crawford, J. and Clink, S. (2004), "Use and awareness of electronic information services by academic staff at Glasgow Caledonian University", Library Review, Vol. 53 No. 8, pp. 401-407. https://doi.org/10.1108/00242530410556238

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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