A Mixed-Methods Study of Library Communication with Online Students and Faculty Members

Nick Faulk, Emily Crist

Abstract

To better understand, articulate, and improve the academic library’s impact on online populations, this two-phase mixed-method study examines library communication with online students and faculty. In phase I, online focus group participants responded to vignettes illustrating library communication scenarios. Results from phase I informed the creation of a questionnaire for phase II. Results of both phases demonstrated that patrons’ lack of knowledge about how and when to communicate with the library can serve as a communication barrier, that online patrons highly value being able to access librarians, and that a range of outreach strategies hold appeal.

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