Library‐faculty collaboration: surveying a commuter population

James Williams (Assistant Reference Librarian in the Robert Scott Small Library of the College of Charleston. He received his Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina in May 1997. He is a member of the library’s Hyper Text Markup Language team‐teaching group and teaches a section of introduction to library and research methods as well as the library component of the college’s Freshman seminar and learning strategies courses and a noncredit short course, Introduction to the Internet. Caroline C. Hunt, a Professor of English at the College of Charleston, was a member of the South Carolina delegation to the 1991 White House Conference on Library and Information Services. She has published three previous library articles as well as many reference articles on children’s literature and has edited two volumes in the Dictionary of Literary Biography series)
Caroline C. Hunt (Professor of English at the College of Charleston, was a member of the South Carolina delegation to the 1991 White House Conference on Library and Information Services. She has published three previous library articles as well as many reference articles on children’s literature and has edited two volumes in the Dictionary of Literary Biography series)

New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803

Publication date: 1 April 1998

Abstract

College library staff must work to bring students and information technology together, especially where college‐wide computer literacy courses are not required. Teaching students to use constantly changing computer technology should start from an assessment of their skills, needs, and preferred training methods. However, surveying a student population with a high percentage of commuters risks inaccuracy; if surveys are distributed by mail or in libraries, the survey‐takers are often self‐selected and thus not representative. One solution is to administer the surveys in the classroom, using a course that most students are required to take. The results of such a survey, conducted at the College of Charleston, reveal a surprising variety of needs and preferences.

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Williams, J. and Hunt, C. (1998), "Library‐faculty collaboration: surveying a commuter population", New Library World, Vol. 99 No. 2, pp. 72-79. https://doi.org/10.1108/03074809810207768

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