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Preferences and Pattern of Information Seeking of Academics of Health Related Faculties, University of Peardeniya (UoP)

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P.A.S.H Perera

University of Peradeniya, LK
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Senior Assistant Librarian, Faculty of Medicine
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The objectives of the study is to 1) identify the preferences and information seeking behavior of the academics of health related faculties of UOP, 2) examine how they manage their information needs and 3) make recommendations for appropriate changes for future use. The study population consisted of all the academics (173) of four faculties, Allied Health Sciences (FAHS), Dental Sciences (FDS), Medicine (FM) and Veterinary Medicine & Animal Sciences (FVMAS). An online survey questionnaire was used to gather data from the sample. The strategies used by the respondents in their information needs were: use of library (24%), Internet (100%), databases through library web page (59%) and personal collections of resources (76%). Purposes of seeking information by majority (90%) were; teaching, research, updating knowledge and writing articles while percentages of that for ‘managing patients’ and ‘clinical information’ varied according to designation and faculty of the respondents. 71% of lecturers used information for preparation of exams. Majority (81%) of respondents used E-journals and Web-based information frequently. ‘Google search’ was used as the most useful search engine by 98% of all groups. HINARI was the most used database by 64.4% and Medline-PUBMED was the most used resource by 71.2%. For updating knowledge, more than 90% of respondents used public/guest lectures, conferences/seminars, research sessions, and contacts with professional colleagues while 70% downloaded articles through colleagues abroad. As suggested through free comments and according to findings of the study, provision of university-wide online access to reputed journals and other essential resources, upgraded computers with fast connectivity and training programs on information literacy skills are recommended for future improvements.

Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka, Vol. 18, Issue 2, June 2014, Page 62-75

How to Cite: Perera, P.A.S.H., (2015). Preferences and Pattern of Information Seeking of Academics of Health Related Faculties, University of Peardeniya (UoP). Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka. 18(2), pp.61–75. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jula.v18i2.7866
Published on 25 Apr 2015.
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