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Title: User Education in Geoscience: Problems and Prospects/ Julie Hallmark Bichteler
Authors: Hallmark, Julie
Keywords: User Education
Issue Date: 1983
Publisher: Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) http://www.geoinfo.org/
Citation: User Education in Geoscience: Problems and Prospects. 1983. Geoscience Information Society Proceedings 14:87-104.
Series/Report no.: Published Papers;A-1983-028
Abstract: Educating the library's clientele has been a topic of con¬siderable interest in recent years, particularly in academic institu¬tions. Levels of instruction have ranged, in general, along a contin¬uum of: (1) simple orientation to the physical facilities with mini¬mal introduction to sources, enabling beginners to cope with limited library assignments; (2) instructional periods or sessions to acquaint users with the general body of literature and appropriate search strate¬gies in their fields; and (3) sophisticated bibliographic guidance and instruction directed toward graduate students. Operating on these three levels, geoscience librarians have employed library tours, printed handouts, audiovisual aids, classroom presentations, point-of-use instruction, and credit and noncredit courses. In some cases this instruction has been offered separate from the curriculum, whereas in others it has been integrated into a variety of geology courses. This paper reports on a survey of user education, as conducted in selected geoscience libraries in the United States and Canada, with the purposes of identifying the levels of instruction, methodologies employed, fac¬tors affecting success, and achievements of the programs. Of particular interest are geoscience librarians' attitudes toward user education and their perceptions of the problems and barriers in this area.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/722
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