An Analysis of Online User Education Resources in Academic Archives

by Gillispie, Valerie

Abstract (Summary)
This study of archival online user education resources is a content analysis of a sample of Association of Research Libraries. Features specifically examined are vocabulary and terminology definition, guidance in search strategies, and understanding primary source representation (the meanings and use of finding aids). This study also examines characteristics such as rules and regulations, the accessibility of these resources, and whether archival user education resources are made available directly on parent library websites. The findings indicate that while most institutions are offering some form of user education, certain elements of Yakel and Torres’s concept of “archival knowledge” are not being widely offered in the online environment.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Deborah Barreau

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:archives automation web sites evaluation college and university computer assisted instruction


Date of Publication:11/17/2005

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