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Closely related to research concerning higher education faculty members' use of
the Internet and their information seeking behavior was research on higher education
administrators and those professions involving credentialing. Sprague (1994) studied
work-related information seeking by administrators and professional staff members at
Ohio State University. Her research was very similar to those that studied faculty
members' information seeking behavior and resources used to satisfy those information
needs. Much like studies involving faculty members, Sprague found that administrators
and professional staff members preferred to satisfy information needs through a personal
network and print resources located in an office library over the more traditional library-
located resources in either print or electronic formats. A second finding was that these
administrators and professional staff members were less concerned about the cost of
finding information. They also wanted "accurate, current, and understandable
information" (p. 383). If this group (administrators and professional staff members) used
library related resources, they were likely not to have used traditional findings aids, on-
line access, or professional assistance (i.e., librarians) to find the information. It would
appear that administrators and professional staff members at Ohio State University had
similar feelings and attitudes as other faculty members did towards academic libraries
and the information retrieval services they provided for their users.
Bergland (1985) completed a similar descriptive survey of deans at two-year
institutions in California. She found that they most often used sources of information that
were in their local institutions, conveniently located, and personally owned.
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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/m1/57/: accessed February 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .