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own department or elsewhere on campus and through attendance at professional meetings
or contact with colleagues from other campuses. The Fredonia faculty members ranked
these formal and informal sources by level of importance, "personal library, college
library, interlibrary loan and other libraries, off-campus colleagues and professional
meetings, departmental colleagues, and other on-campus colleagues" (p. 25). Most of
Hart's respondents used more formal sources than informal sources of information. At
the time of his survey, the use of electronic resources was not wide spread on the campus.
As more electronic and on-line resources became available, Hart felt "It might be
expected that a heavy user of informal sources in 1990 has become a heavy user of e-mail
[sic] in today's electronic environment. Similarly, those faculty who reported active use
of other libraries in 1990 may now be heavy users of internet access to other library
catalogs" (p. 26).
Hart had a second article (1998) based on his research with the Fredonia faculty
members. This second article examined the relationship between a faculty member's
roles (research, teaching, and service) to the faculty member's information gathering
needs and the use of formal and informal information resources. "It is clear that a faculty
member's commitment to the roles of teaching, research, and service does have an impact
on the sources of information he or she uses" (p. 179). The level of courses taught was a
key factor in determining the types of sources used for information in the classroom or
improving one's teaching abilities. In the service role, Hart found that faculty members
made more use of informal sources of information. In the area of commitment to
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