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In the area of fostering increased scholarly communication, Kovacs, Robinson,
and Dixon (1995) researched how library school faculty members used listservs and
similar discussion lists. The responses to their survey led the authors to conclude
"E-conferences may be enhancing the value of established information sources such as
journals, physical conferences, interpersonal mail, and telephone contacts. Some
respondents feel that e-conferences [sic] replace some of the established sources for
them, especially telephone and paper mail" (p. 250). Weedman (1994) studied humanities
scholars' use of an Intemrnet listserv ("Humanist") to communicate new ideas and assist in
their research projects. Weedman found that many of the listserv subscribers actively
used the listserv in seeking new research ideas, testing findings and conclusions, and for
exploratory development of potential research ideas.
In her doctoral dissertation, Alexander (1995) studied the use of listservs as a
means of providing post-conference follow-up activity for community college faculty
whom attended a satellite conference. Although she reported that the listserv was
successful as a follow-up activity for those who participated, the teleconference reporting
the largest participation in a listserv had only a 4.5% rate of participation.
The academic use of the Intemrnet is a worldwide phenomena. In researching
Australian academics' use of the Intemrnet, Bruce (1998, 1995, & 1994) outlined some
expected benefits to teachers who use the Intemrnet in the classroom. These benefits
included using E-mail to build contacts with colleagues to exchange ideas and help
students with assignments; increased access to library information from remote sites;
demonstrations of new technologies in the classroom; and an increase in administrative
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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/m1/27/: accessed October 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .