AbstractIf training students for an unknown future is a hallmark of today's education, then providing the skills for coping with future demands is an essential feature of the educational experience. Nowhere is this more evident than in academic libraries where the use and application of information technology have dramatically increased. While the new technology expands access to information, it also establishes some serious barriers for many students. This paper describes a pilot project, an Electronic Information Clinic established at the Alexander Library, Rutgers-the State University in New Brunswick, NJ, USA. The Clinic was designed to provide on-site counseling in the use of electronic resources and to help students contextualize electronic information sources in the context of overall library resources. The findings of this project will identify the electronic databases used by different user groups as well as the levels of user understanding in the use of these electronic databases. Projects like the Electronic Information Clinic can aid librarians to re-conceptualize service configurations in an emerging electronic library environment.
SubjectsElectronic information, Study and teaching, Electronic information resources, Reference services (Libraries), Information literacy, Academic libraries
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