Barriers to the Use of Digital Information by University Researchers

White, Bruce and Gendall, Rae Barriers to the Use of Digital Information by University Researchers., 2005 . In Educause Australasia 2005, Auckland, New Zealand, April 5-8 2005. [Conference paper]


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The transition of academic libraries from print to electronic resources is well underway and for most scholars non-engagement with the digital environment has ceased to be an option. The demands placed on the computing skills and understanding of the main features of this environment are considerable, however, and a significant proportion of researchers either fail to take advantage of it or are in fact impeded in their work by their minimal skill sets. We examine the barriers to use of the technology and describe our own experience in training university academics to become more fluent users of electronic information resources. A higher level of engagement by both library and computing staff in training and advocacy is suggested.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: Computer fluency University researchers Staff training Digital libraries
Subjects: C. Users, literacy and reading. > CD. User training, promotion, activities, education.
Depositing user: Bruce White
Date deposited: 22 Jun 2006
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:03


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