National Survey Documents Effects of Internet Use on Libraries

steven bell writes \”The May/June issue of CLIR News has a report and preliminary findings of a new study titled \”Dimensions and Use of the Scholarly Information Environment.\” The story states that the \”main purpose of the inquiry was to learn how the Internet is affecting the work of students and scholars and what consequences Internet use will have on campus libraries.\” Findings indicate that patterns of Internet use depend on who the researcher is and their field of study. For example, humanities and social science researchers were found to trust the Internet less than counterparts in other disciplines. There is also information on use of the physical library and distribution of course materials. In all, this sounds like a study that academic librarians can\’t afford to overlook.
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