A Study on User Occupation, Educational background and Working Hours on Information Needs and Information Seeking Behaviour of Rural Public Libraries of Dakshina Kannada District

Abstract

Author(s): Sujatha H.R, Puttegowda H.C

Availability of various information and accessibility of information resources have fueled the growth of users in the world. Information needs and information seeking behavior of rural persons is unique owing to wide-ranging demographic, societal, artistic and financial factors. Classifying material needs is the first step towards creating adequate user’s needs. A material seeking process involves a number of further steps, including: classifying information bases, accessing to the sources and retrieving information. Information needs and information seeking behavior is a kind of performance, which is definitely influenced by many factors. The respondents of the present study are mostly drawn from the rural areas of five districts of Rural Public Libraries of Dakshina Kannada District, where the mainstream of the people are not very competent and the knowledge level is comparatively advanced in majority of respondents. With this purpose, survey method of research has been adopted by the researchers to use schedule as one of the data collection tool which has been supplemented by other tools like observation and interviews of the respondents to know the actual state of activities relating to looking for accurate kind of information at right time. The self-designed agenda containing 29 questions has been circulated among the randomly selected samples.

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