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Information Access and Library User Needs in Developing Countries

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While high quality library and information services continue to thrive and strengthen economic and social development, much of the knowledge that exists on user’s needs and behaviors is fundamentally based on the results of users in English-speaking, western developed countries. Information Access and Library User Needs in Developing Countries highlights the struggles that developing countries face in terms of information gaps and information-seeking user behavior. The publication highlights ways in which users in developing countries can benefit from properly implementing LIS services. Researchers, academics, and practitioners interested in the design and delivery of information services will benefit from this collection of research.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Book Series
  5. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. Editorial Advisory Board
  6. Foreword
  7. Preface
  8. Acknowledgment
  9. Chapter 1: The Changing Nature of Information Behavior and the Information Environment
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES: THE KEY THEMES
    5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    6. CONCLUSION
  10. Chapter 2: Culture, Tradition and Technology
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. CULTURE AND TRADITION AND DIGESTION OF TECHNOLOGY
    4. TECHNOLOGY AND CULTURE
    5. ACADEMIC LIBRARIES AND INTEGRATION OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES
    6. DIGITAL AND INFORMATION DIVIDE: SEPARATE DEVELOPMENT
    7. LIBRARIES FACING TECHNOLOGY AND TECHNOCRACY
    8. DISCOVERY, CHANGE AND REINVENTION
    9. IMPACT OF TECHNOLOGY ON LIBRARIES
    10. CHALLENGES OF THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION
    11. ORAL TRADITIONS
    12. CONCLUSION
  11. Chapter 3: The Influence of Social Networking and Library 2.0 as a Gateway for Information Access and Knowledge Sharing in Africa
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. THE PANORAMA OF ELECTRONIC ENVIRONMENT
    4. ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE SHARING
    5. SOCIAL NETWORKING AND LIBRARY 2.0 AS GATEWAY FOR INFORMATION ACCESS AND KNOWLEDGE SHARING
    6. THE INFLUENCE OF SOCIAL NETWORKING AND LIBRARY 2.0 FOR AFRICA
    7. CONCLUSION
  12. Chapter 4: A Proposal to Study of Cross Language Information Retrieval (CLIR) System Users’ Information Seeking Behavior
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. LITERATURE REVIEW
    4. THEORY
    5. RESEARCH QUESTIONS
    6. METHODOLOGY
    7. DISCUSSION
    8. CONCLUSION
  13. Chapter 5: Environmental Context of Information Seeking Behavior
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. CONTEXT AS CONSIDERED IN MAJOR ISB MODELS
    4. AUGMENTING ISB WITH A DIFFUSION MODEL
    5. THE KLH MODEL AS CLASSIFYING SYSTEM OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONTEXT
    6. CONCLUSION
  14. Chapter 6: The Ellis Model of Information Seeking Behavior and the Peripheral Scientific Community
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. INFORMATION SEEKING BEHAVIOR
    4. USER STUDIES
    5. METHOD
    6. FINDINGS
    7. CONCLUSION
  15. Chapter 7: Developing Electronic Information Resources to Promote Social Inclusion of Vulnerable Communities in Uruguay
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. TOWARDS INTERDISCIPLINARY DEVELOPMENT OF ELECTRONIC INFORMATION RESOURCES AND SERVICES FOR DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES
    5. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
    6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    7. CONCLUSION
  16. Chapter 8: Digitize or Perish
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. THE SUB-SAHARAN AFRICAN INFORMATION RESOURCE AND DIGITAL LITERACY LANDSCAPE
    4. STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING INDIGENOUS ACADEMIC RESOURCE AVAILABILITY, ACCESS AND USE IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
    5. CONCLUSION
  17. Chapter 9: A Comparison of the Information Needs and Information Seeking Behavior of Entrepreneurs in Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Developing and Developed Countries
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. STUDIES OF INFORMATION NEEDS OF SMES IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
    4. TYPES OF INFORMATION NEEDED AND SOURCES USED
    5. BARRIERS TO INFORMATION
    6. CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
  18. Chapter 10: Barriers to Information Access for Specialized Scholars
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. LITERATURE REVIEW
    4. BARRIERS TO INFORMATION ACCESS
    5. PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED BY SOCIAL SCIENCE FACULTY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
    6. BARRIERS TO INFORMATION ACCESS IN LIS EDUCATION
    7. PATTERNS OF INFORMATION-SEEKING BEHAVIOR OF SOCIAL SCIENTISTS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
    8. INFORMATION-SEEKING BEHAVIOR IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES VERSES DEVELOPED COUNTRIES
    9. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
    10. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    11. CONCLUSION
  19. Chapter 11: Where Do Mongolian Scholars Go?
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. THE TALE OF THREE TRANSITIONS
    4. INFORMATION SEEKING BEHAVIOR OF SCHOLARS IN MONGOLIA
    5. NEEDED CHANGES TO THE SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION PROCESS
    6. CONCLUDING REMARKS
    7. APPENDIX
  20. Chapter 12: “Lose Your Time in a Useful Way”
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. BACKGROUND
    4. E-INCLUSION FOR PENSIONERS: A CASE STUDY
    5. SUMMARY OF FINDINGS
    6. EVALUATING BIBLIONET AS AN NGO DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
    7. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
  21. Chapter 13: Contextual Factors Influencing Information Seeking Behavior of Social Scientists
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. RESEARCH TRADITIONS AND THE PUBLICATION PATTERNS AND FORMATS
    4. CONDITIONS INFLUENCE INFORMATION SEEKING BEHAVIORS OF SCHOLARS IN NON-WESTERN, DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
    5. CONCLUSION
  22. Chapter 14: Undergraduate Students Information Behavior in the Changing Technological Era
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. STUDY BACKGROUND
    4. THE PROBLEM OF THE STUDY
    5. THE STUDY RESEARCH QUESTIONS AND AIMS
    6. SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
    7. STUDY LIMITATIONS
    8. REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE
    9. METHODOLOGY
    10. FINDINGS
    11. DISCUSSION
    12. CONCLUSION
  23. Compilation of References
  24. About the Contributors