Using e-materials for study: students’ perceptions vs. perceptions of academic librarians and teachers
Polona Vilar and Vlasta Zabukovec
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Department of Library and Information science and Book Studies
Introduction. A qualitative study is presented of student perceptions/preferences regarding academic readings formats, and perceptions on these issues of teaching staff (teachers, assistants) and academic librarians. Topics were scope, ways and goals of use of these materials, handling, competences for searching, active use and evaluation of e-materials, scope of planned teaching of these competences at faculties. Students, teachers and librarians came from the same faculties and disciplines: Translating, Design, Engineering, Psychology, LIS.
Methods. Two methods were used: web survey for students with 25 questions (only the qualitative part – open-ended answers – were analysed), and web interview with 9 questions for teaching staff and librarians.
Analysis. Content analysis was used to identify main topics in both sets of results, and results were compared to look for similarities, differences, etc.
Results. No differences were identified between different disciplines or levels of study, but analysis identified three groups of answers (learning process, organizational aspects, environmental awareness) within three categories: General attitudes and perceptions on e-materials and printed materials; Actions with e-materials and printed materials; Competences of teachers and librarians.
Conclusions. Implications are given regarding teaching process at universities, cooperation between libraries, teachers, and management; and librarians’ teachers’ competences.
Keywords. academic readings, study materials, format preferences, students, university teachers, academic librarians