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Reference Services for the Adult Learner : Challenging Issues for the Traditional and Technological Era - Kwasi Sarkodie-Mensah

Reference Services for the Adult Learner

Challenging Issues for the Traditional and Technological Era

Paperback Published: 11th October 2000
ISBN: 9780789009906
Number Of Pages: 435

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Help adults returning to school learn to find and use the information they need Reference Services for the Adult Learner: Challenging Issues for the Traditional and Technological Era offers proven, effective approaches for teaching adult patrons how and where to find information. Unlike younger students, who in many cases grew up with computers at school and in the home, many older patrons are uncomfortable with current technologies. They may not remember how to use a card catalogue, but at least the drawers and index cards look familiar. A phrase like database search may bring on confusion and anxiety for them. Including the views of faculty, adult students, and administrators as well as librarians, Reference Services for the Adult Learner provides you with theories of educational psychology that explain how adults learn, as well as suggestions from adult learners to help you understand what these clients need to know about using new technologies and finding information. Reference Services for the Adult Learner provides original empirical research on such vital issues as: technophobia, technostress, and information literacy the unique needs of the adult learner, including evening and weekend access to information and instruction adult-learning theories and appropriate teaching strategies to take advantage of adult students'strengths distance learning and the adult student issues of information literacy and approaches to seeking, analyzing, and evaluating information adult learners in special populations, including international and disabled studentsContaining research from librarians and adult learners from the United States, Canada, and Australia, Reference Services for the Adult Learner offers you teaching strategies that will enable adult patrons to easily locate and properly use all of the materials in your library.

Introductionp. 1
Information Explosion, Technophobia, and Technostress
The Information Explosion: Continuing Implications for Reference Services to Adult Learners in Academiap. 5
The Information Explosion and the Adult Learner: Implications for Reference Librariansp. 19
Stress Relief: Help for the Technophobic Patron from the Reference Deskp. 31
Overcoming Technostress in Reference Services to Adult Learnersp. 49
Technological Mediation: Reference and the Non-Traditional Studentp. 63
Challenges Faced by Reference Librarians in Familiarizing Adult Students with the Computerized Library of Today: The Cuesta College Experiencep. 69
Understanding the Characteristics, Needs and Expectations of Adult Learners to Better Serve Them
Envisioning the Mature Re-Entry Student: Constructing New Identities in the Traditional University Settingp. 79
A Close Encounter Model for Reference Services to Adult Learners: The Value of Flexibility and Variancep. 95
Helping Adult Undergraduates Make the Best Use of Emerging Technologiesp. 103
Understanding the Characteristics, Concerns, and Priorities of Adult Learners to Enhance Library Services to Themp. 113
The After-Five Syndrome: Library Hours and Services for the Adult Learnerp. 119
Theories of Adult Learning: Implications for Reference and Instructional Services for the Adult Learner
How Do We Learn? Contributions of Learning Theory to Reference Service and Library Instructionp. 129
The Andragogical Librarianp. 141
Adult Learning Theory and Reference Services: Consonances and Potentialsp. 151
From a Distance: Providing Reference and Instructional Services for the Adult Learner
The Librarian as Bricoleur: Meeting the Needs of Distance Learnersp. 161
Interactive Reference at a Distance: A Corporate Model for Academic Librariesp. 171
Reference Provision in Adult Basic and Community Education: An Unusual Modelp. 181
The University Library's Role in Planning a Successful Distance Learning Programp. 193
Library Services to External Students from Australian Universities: The Influence of Flexible Delivery upon Traditional Service Provisionp. 205
Facilitating Adult Learning: The Role of the Academic Librarianp. 219
Going the Distance (and Back Again): A Distance Education Course Comes Homep. 233
Reference, Instruction and Information Literacy
Reference Services to Police Officer Students at the School of Police Staff and Command, Traffic Institute, Northwestern Universityp. 247
Library Instruction and Information Literacy for the Adult Learner: A Course and Its Lessons for Reference Workp. 259
Adult Students: Wandering the Web with a Purposep. 271
Breaking the Mold: Using Educational Pedagogy in Designing Library Instruction of Adult Learnersp. 287
Delphi Method in Web Site Selection: Using the Expertsp. 299
Serving Diverse Populations: Disabled Patrons and International Students
Reference Services for All: How to Support Reference Service to Clients with Disabilitiesp. 313
Strategies for Providing Effective Reference Services for International Adult Learnersp. 327
Reference Services to the International Adult Learner: Understanding the Barriersp. 337
Reference Services: Meeting the Needs of International Adult Learnersp. 349
Reference Services and the International Adult Learnerp. 363
From the Horse's Mouth: Views from Faculty, Administrators, Librarians, and Students
Faculty Expectations and the Adult Learner: Some Implications for Referencep. 381
Providing Quality Library Service to the Adult Learner: Views of Students, Faculty, and Administratorsp. 395
Towards an Integrative Literature Search: Reflections of a 'Wild' Adult Learnerp. 407
Indexp. 419
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ISBN: 9780789009906
ISBN-10: 0789009900
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 435
Published: 11th October 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 16.71 x 20.63  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.69

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