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This study compared the familiarity of text-only/Telnet and graphical/Web-based online library catalogs of 83 traditional to 17 nontraditional students who were new to Kent State University (Ohio) as of the spring semester of 2000. A questionnaire was distributed to all students prior to any formal library instruction provided by the university. Chi-Square tests were used to determine if there were significant relationships between the two groups of students and multiple variables concerning: previous use of electronic catalogs before entering college, each type of catalog display specifically, and willingness of each subject towards taking a formal class in library catalog instruction. It was found that the traditional student population preferred majors that were within Kent's College of Fine and Professional Arts, whereas nontraditional students concentrated their studies in the College of Business. Most traditional students were found to attend school full time and nontraditional students to attend on a part time basis. Results revealed that traditional students have had more experience and instruction concerning electronic catalogs than their nontraditional counterparts, and they were also more likely to use text-only/Telnet versions of a library catalog in the past. Both groups frequently use the Internet, and the automated catalog is accessed the most within the confines of the library building. Each group found both display screens easy to read and comprehend; however, an overwhelming majority favored the graphical/Web-based version of the online library catalog. Traditional students were equally divided as to their willingness to take a formal class on automated library catalogs, and nontraditional students tend to favor this type of introduction to accessing and using library resources. An appendix contains the display questionnaire and display questionnaire coding sheet. (Contains 10 references.) (AEF)

Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Conventional Instruction, Higher Education, Library Catalogs, Nontraditional Students, Online Catalogs, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Surveys, World Wide Web

Autor: Law, Darnell L.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7210&id=ED449816

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