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conclusions from the survey were true for all respondents. Bao felt the survey showed
that a large number of Seton Hall faculty and students use the Intemrnet on a daily basis
which indicated that the Intemrnet must be part of any library's services. Secondly, because
of this increasing Intemrnet usage, libraries will have to allocate larger shares of their
budgets to meet this demand for on-line access to information. In turn, academic
librarians will need to develop Intemrnet skill classes for all types of users. Use of Intemrnet
search engines should be included in any instruction program. Finally, academic libraries
should publicize their homepages to promote on-line tutorials and other pertinent Intemrnet
resources and information. All information providers need to gather this kind of
information on their users.
In addition to Alexander's dissertation research on the potential of listservs to
enhance conference participation, several other recent doctoral students examined various
aspects of the impact of the Intemrnet on higher education practices. Calvert (1999) studied
science and mathematics faculty members' use of Intemrnet resources in the classroom and
the students' reaction to these new resources and on-line courses. She found that many
students preferred to take more on-line courses out of their major fields of study. Since
they felt there was a potential for more difficulties with an on-line course, they did not
want to risk a low grade in their major.
Lennertz (1999) studied the use of the Intemrnet by faculty members at church-
related colleges and universities. She found that these faculty members were active users
of the Intemet. Their use of the Intemet affected their communications patterns, teaching
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