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Wednesday, March 16 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
An Analysis of Engineering Faculty Patterns of Usage of Library Resources on a Small Commuter University Campus
It has been routinely observed that the engineering and technology faculty at our campus do not make significant use of library services in order to search for background material supporting their research and teaching activities. A study was conducted within the engineering and technology faculty using a survey to gather information about faculty search activities, library service usage patterns, and opinions of whether faculty members would like to use the services of the university reference librarian. The analysis of the results of the survey found that almost all the faculty accumulate background research material by performing independent online searches. However, it was also learned that they would unanimously like to use the resources of a reference librarian for their search activities, even though they currently do not. These conclusions led us to propose a process for enhanced outreach from the library and the design of a web-based form for easy request of searches from a reference librarian for the faculty’s research and teaching activities.


Nirinjan Desai

Assistant Professor, Purdue University North Central

George Stefanek

Assistant Professor of Computer and Information Technology, Purdue University North Central

Wednesday March 16, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm CDT
Neil 226