Ferguson, Anthony W. “Chinese Television University Library Resources and Services.” Paper presented at the AAOU Pre-Conference Seminar on “Outreach Library Services for Distance Learners,” February 20, 2002, New Delhi, India. Online. Available: http://www.ignou.ac.in/aaou-pre/Ferguson.htm. Also published in Collection Management 26, no. 4 (2001): 43-57.
In 2000, the author interviewed and administered written surveys to students, teachers, librarians, and university administrators at the Chinese Television University (TVU) libraries. A description of TVU libraries is also provided. The TVU librarians were surveyed regarding the adequacy of acquisitions funds, public services, library staff preparedness, technical services, and libraries as places. All stakeholders were asked about the perceived importance of TVU libraries; the factors limiting the use of TVU libraries and the relative importance of building stronger libraries. The findings are summarized. These issues are placed in the broader context of the challenges facing education, and particularly distance education in China. J. Wheeler.