Library Use (was Sports Icon)

Anita Cohen-Williams (IACAGC@ASUVM.INRE.ASU.EDU)
Sun, 23 Jul 1995 22:10:00 -0700

I don't know, maybe I have become an old stick in the mud, but I am tired of
inquiries like this on the sport icons. It is obvious that this person hasn't
even bothered to go to his university library. If he had, he can find TONS of
material on sports figures, what they make from pushing products, who the
current ones are, etc., even in the most cursory search.
Is it because it is easier to get on the Net and ask a discussion list this
type of question, or does it hint at a more disturbing pattern of refusing to
use basic sources of information? As reference librarians, we in public
services have begun to notice such an alarming trend. Students come in and try
to use the computer sources to do all their research, instead of looking at
the print sources. This is particularly difficult to achieve in Anthropology,
since computer databases are few and far between. The closest ASU has is
Sociofile (and no, we do not yet have the CD-ROM of Anthropological
Literature, nor are we likely to get it since the business CDs have eaten up
all the budget). On the one hand, our dean is pushing the idea of the virtual
library, yet is unwilling to spend the resources to support such an idea for
all the subjects covered by the university.

Anita Cohen-Williams; Reference Services; Hayden Library
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-1006
PHONE: (602) 965-4579 FAX: (602) 965-9169