Survey of UT System Libraries
In the Spring of 1998 an online survey was announced to the instruction librarians
of each of the 15 University of Texas at Austin System component schools. We received
11 responses which helped us determine the content level, tone, topics and technological
baseline for TILT. The
online survey is available for review. The summary of responses follows.
Level of students who might find this useful:
- Six institutions responded with freshman, sophomore, junior and senior.
- Ten institutions responded with graduate students (including medical, nursing and law).
- Other groups mentioned were: older students, residents, faculty, continuing
education classes, alternative certification students, retraining classes,
dislocated workers, students in pharmacy and other professional programs and
Librarians would recommend:
- Research methods courses, basic orientation classes, university experience
classes, beginning nursing and medical research classes, everyone, non-credit
English composition classes, freshman English and Rhetoric classes, teaching
assistant orientations and first year legal research class if appropriate.
- Announcements were suggested on library Web pages, in faculty newsletters and in Internet classes.
Proof needed of student completion of modules:
- Eight institutions said they did need proof to show professors.
- Three responded they would not need proof.
Topics covered in library instruction classes:
- Online catalog, basic library orientation, finding articles, library databases
(including CINAHL, Current Contents, MEDLINE and LexisNexis), Internet (basics,
advanced and searching), email, all media (books, microfilm, Internet and CD-ROMs),
descriptions of library departments and services, library terms, LC subject headings
and call numbers, online reference sources, advanced legal research methods and
creating Web pages.
- One institution mentioned they cover little about the Internet.
Number of students taught in library instruction programs:
- Responses ranged from small groups of 30 international graduate students in
classes to 300-6,000 students per semester.
- Some classes are taught in Spanish.
Percentage of classes taught on or with electronic sources:
- Responses ranged from 30%-100%.