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Getting to Know the Andrews University Faculty: A Library Survey

Author(s): Wolfhard Touchard | Cynthia Mae Helms

Journal: MLA Forum
ISSN 1539-4123

Volume: 2;
Issue: 3;
Date: 2003;
Original page

Keywords: Library Instruction | Library Marketing | Andrews University

In the past years, the library services at Andrews University have given sporadic attention to their university faculty, although it has mainly been given to their students. If the library is to be vital to the research and teaching functions of the faculty, then the library must reach out to its faculty. This study has been conducted to gain a deeper understanding of the university faculty prior to the development of a faculty outreach program. The study shows that the faculty uses the library’s Web site but only a few familiar sections. The faculty encourages their students to use the library but do not always check the availability of the resources prior to giving their assignments, nor do they often use course reserves. Faculty expresses a general lack of interest in library instruction because it takes time away from their classes and believes research should be taught in other classes. The most encouraging note from this study is the faculty’s interest in communicating with the librarians through e-mail, departmental faculty meetings, and inter-campus mail. They would also like to see new services such as real-time reference and discipline-specific Web portals. The challenge for the faculty outreach librarian is to develop new ways of communication with the faculty and to help them see the value of library instruction.
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