Assessing the Library Needs and Preferences of Off-Campus Students: Surveying Distance-Education Students, from the Midwest to the West Indies

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Stephen Dew (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: In order to have a successful library program for distance-education students, librarians must understand who their students are, as well as what their students want and need. Of course, the best way to get this information is to ask the students. The ACRL Guidelines for Distance Learning Library Services emphasize this point, encouraging librarians to regularly survey students involved in distance-education and off-campus programs. This paper is based on two student surveys, one conducted by the Coordinator of Library Services for Distance Education at the University of Iowa and the other conducted by the Distance Librarian at University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. The paper focuses on the issues that librarians confront when they conduct a survey of distance-education students. In addition, it covers details on writing and developing a survey instrument, including the need to ask the right questions in a proper manner and the need to arrange the questions and information in a user-friendly format. The results of the two surveys are presented, including a comparison of some data between the two programs.

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Journal of Library Administration 41 (2004): 265-302.
Language: English
Date: 2004
Academic Libraries, Distance education, Assessment, Library services, Student surveys,

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