Date Approved

5-13-2000

Embargo Period

7-13-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Willett, Holly G.

Subject(s)

Rowan University Library; Academic libraries--Use studies

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to learn about the information-seeking experience of users of the Rowan University library. The data were collected by way of a self-administered questionnaire. One hundred and five library users participated in the study; the average respondents were male undergraduates 18-22 years old. The data were analyzed by examining the percentages of responses. One major finding of the study is that 92% of the respondents did not think they needed the help of the librarian to use electronic resources. Another relevant finding was that users found one-on-one assistance from a librarian was more effective than bibliographic instruction in learning to conduct research independently. This study revealed some shared characteristics and patterns of the experiences of the respondents.

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