Resistance to online catalogs: a comparative study at Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Colleges

Show simple item record Hixson, Carol G., 1955- Williamson, Susan G. White, Howard 2008-07-25T23:45:37Z 2008-07-25T23:45:37Z 1986-10
dc.identifier.citation Library Resources & Technical Services v.30 (October 1986) p. 388-401 en_US
dc.description p. 388-401. en_US
dc.description.abstract Surveys of student and faculty attitudes toward proposed online public access catalogs were conducted in 1984 with largely identical questionnaires at two colleges. Support for the traditional card catalog was strong among both students and faculty at both colleges; only Swarthmore faculty gave majority support to the online catalog. A minority of perhaps one in six may never use the new technology. Resistance to change was proportionately highest in the humanities and lowest in the sciences, with social sciences in between. Respondents were unused to waiting for access to the card catalog and seemed unlikely to tolerate more than brief waits for the online catalog. While unconcerned about keeping online searches private, they did not like the idea of searching as others waited. Perceptions of the online catalog were sometimes positive; many welcomed the idea of terminals in faculty offices and student dormitories. Differences between the two colleges, while not great, may result from Swarthmore's greater experience with campuswide computing. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Library Association en_US
dc.subject Use studies -- Online catalogs en_US
dc.subject Online catalogs -- Pennsylvania en_US
dc.subject Academic libraries -- Automation en_US
dc.title Resistance to online catalogs: a comparative study at Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Colleges en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.authorstatus Faculty en_US
dc.description.peerreview yes en_US

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