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Significance of the Study
This research project will add to the existing understanding of the uses faculty
members currently make of the Intemrnet to aid in their research, teaching, and service
roles in higher education institutions. Most of the previous research efforts and model
development in information seeking by faculty members did not include Intemrnet usage as
a factor in these activities. Without including this new technology, the observations and
research models will remain flawed, and they will not provide a total picture of the
information seeking behavior and activities of faculty members.
Librarians and other information providers must have recent and continuous
research on how their patrons access information and which sources and mediums (print,
microform, and electronic) they use to fulfill their information needs. This research
project furnished information providers with information on how faculty members at a
Master's I university used the Intemrnet in their roles of researcher, teacher, and service
Higher education administrators must gain knowledge of how technology is
transforming the classroom and the curriculum. Distant learning initiatives opened the
competition for students from between not only cross-town or area rival institutions to
institutions from around the world. This research also provided vital information to
higher education administrators on the need for additional resources to insure that all
levels of faculty members receive adequate access to the Intemrnet and that their
institutions are making the best use of this technology.
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Fortin, Maurice G. Faculty Use of the World Wide Web: Modeling Information Seeking Behavior in a Digital Environment, dissertation, December 2000; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc2723/m1/19/: accessed April 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .