THE ADOPTION OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES BY UNDERGRADUATE LIBRARIES
This study describes the results of interviews with members of the American Library Association’s Undergraduate Librarians Discussion Group (UGLi) on their library’s use of technology. The questions focused on emerging and online technologies that have been implemented to reach the current generation of technologically confident undergraduate students. The results indicate that exploring new technologies is part of the culture of the undergraduate library. While students push for more technology, undergraduate libraries are responding by focusing on instruction, providing online services and creating physical spaces to meet the collaborative and technical needs of their patrons. Innovations include integrating online services and creating reusable learning objects for online instruction. Handheld devices to access library resources and streaming media were applications that undergraduate librarians expect to see in the future. The role of the undergraduate librarian will continue to evolve into a blended approach, combining traditional reference and instruction with technology.
School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School Location:USA - North Carolina
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:undergraduate libraries information technology students academic technological innovations space utilization
Date of Publication:07/20/2004