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Information needs and information use: a research based on Social Scientists at the Open University of Sri Lanka

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Damayanthi Gunasekera

Senior Assistant Librarian, Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka, LK
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This study focuses on the information needs, use of resources by required by academics of the Social Sciences Department at the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL). The questionnaire and interview were used as instruments in this study to collect data. The response rate was 100% due to higher cooperation. A conceptual model was used to identify and assess the information needs of the academic staff. The study revealed that the multiple role of OUSL academic in the distance mode is different to that of an academic in the conventional setup hence their information needs are different, Academic in the distance mode depends heavily on the Internet, text books and subject journals as their major sources of information to fulfill their different needs. OUSL main library is used for writing and to revising course materials. Research needs are mainly fulfilled through special libraries in the country. Main obstacle that they face is getting sufficient materials in their specialized subject areas. Therefore, both printed and electronic collection of the OUSL library must be strengthened to meet the specific research needs of the academic staff members.   

Key words: Information needs, Social scientists, Library usage, Teaching higher education, Distance education system, Academic staff needs

 doi: 10.4038/jula.v12i0.328

Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka (Vol. 12) 2008 p.47-67

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jula.v12i0.328
How to Cite: Gunasekera, D., (2008). Information needs and information use: a research based on Social Scientists at the Open University of Sri Lanka. Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka. 12, pp.47–67. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jula.v12i0.328
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Published on 11 Dec 2008.
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