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Information Seeking Behavior and Challenges in Digital Libraries

Book Description

Digital libraries have been established worldwide to make information more readily available, and this innovation has changed the way information seekers interact with the data they are collecting. Faced with decentralized, heterogeneous sources, these users must be familiarized with high-level search activities in order to sift through large amounts of data. Information Seeking Behavior and Challenges in Digital Libraries addresses the problems of usability and search optimization in digital libraries. With topics addressing all aspects of information seeking activity, the research found in this book provides insight into library user experiences and human-computer interaction when searching online databases of all types. This book addresses the challenges faced by professionals in information management, librarians, developers, students of library science, and policy makers.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Book Series
    1. Mission
    2. Coverage
  5. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. Editorial Advisory Board
    2. List of Reviewers
  6. Foreword
  7. Preface
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. ORGANIZATION OF THE BOOK
  8. Chapter 1: Information Seeking Behaviour in Digital Library Contexts
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. EMERGING TRENDS IN THE MODERN INFOSPHERE
    4. THE DIGITAL LIBRARY
    5. EMERGING DIGITAL LIBRARY CONTEXTS
    6. KEY CHARACTERISTICS OF USERS IN DIGITAL LIBRARY CONTEXTS
    7. INFORMATION SEEKING BEHAVIOUR IN DIGITAL CONTEXTS
    8. INFORMATION SEEKING MODEL IN DIGITAL LIBRARY CONTEXTS
    9. IMPACT OF INFORMATION SEEKING BEHAVIOUR IN DIGITAL CONTEXTS
    10. CONCLUSION
    11. RECOMMENDATIONS
    12. SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER RESEARCH
    13. REFERENCES
    14. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  9. Chapter 2: Information-Seeking Behaviour of Users in the Digital Libraries' Environment in Sub-Saharan Africa
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. INFORMATION-SEEKING BEHAVIOR OF USERS IN THE DIGITAL LIBRARY ENVIRONMENT IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
    4. SOME CHALLENGES TO ACCESSING INFORMATION THROUGH DIGITAL LIBRARIES IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
    5. THE WAY FORWARD AND RECOMMENDATIONS
    6. CONCLUSION
    7. REFERENCES
    8. ADDITIONAL READING
    9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  10. Chapter 3: Legal Considerations of Providing Information in Support of Distance Learning by Digital Libraries in Universities in Kenya
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. DISTANCE LEARNING IN KENYA
    4. THE ROLE OF COPYRIGHT IN DISTANCE LEARNING
    5. COPYRIGHT EXCEPTIONS AND LIMITATIONS
    6. EXCEPTIONS AND LIMITATIONS TO COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS IN KENYA
    7. TO WHAT EXTENT DOES THE EXCEPTIONS AND LIMITATIONS PROVISION IN THE COPYRIGHT ACT MEET DISTANCE LEARNING IN KENYA
    8. LEGAL IMPLICATIONS FOR THE DIGITAL LIBRARY
    9. CONCLUSION
    10. REFERENCES
  11. Chapter 4: Copyright Issues in the Context of the Digital Library
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. COPYRIGHT LIMITATIONS AND DIGITAL LIBRARIES
    4. THE TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITÄT DARMSTADT VS ULMER CASE
    5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
    6. CONCLUSION
    7. RECOMMENDATIONS
    8. REFERENCES
    9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  12. Chapter 5: Researching Information Seeking in Digital Libraries through Information-Seeking Models
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. INFORMATION SEEKING BEHAVIOR IN DIGITAL LIBRARIES
    4. UNDERSTANDING INFORMATION-SEEKING MODELS
    5. KUHLTHAU’S INFORMATION SEARCH PROCESS (ISP) MODEL
    6. VARISTIONS IN INFORMATION SEARCH PROCESS (ISP) MODEL
    7. ELLIS’ MODEL OF INFORMATION-SEEKING BEHAVIOR
    8. WILSON’S MODELS OF INFORMATION BEHAVIOR
    9. VARIATIONS IN ISP MODEL, ELLIS MODEL, AND WILSON’S MODEL
    10. CONCLUSION
    11. RECOMMENDATIONS
    12. REFERENCES
    13. ADDITIONAL READING
    14. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    15. ENDNOTE
  13. Chapter 6: Digital Libraries and Copyright Issues
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. LITERATURE REVIEW
    4. LIBRARY REPRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION
    5. CONCLUSION
    6. REFERENCES
    7. ADDITIONAL READING
    8. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  14. Chapter 7: A Glimpse of the Information Seeking Behaviour Literature on the Web
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. RESULTS
    4. DISCUSSIONS
    5. CONCLUSION
    6. RECOMMENDATION
    7. REFERENCES
    8. ADDITIONAL READING
    9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  15. Chapter 8: Indexing and Abstracting as Tools for Information Retrieval in Digital Libraries
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. INDEXING AND ABSTRACTING
    4. CONCEPT OF INDEXING
    5. THE INDEXING SYSTEM
    6. TYPES OF INDEXING
    7. CONCEPT OF ABSTRACTING
    8. INFORMATION RETRIEVAL
    9. CONCEPT OF DIGITAL LIBRARY
    10. THE ROLE OF INDEXING AND ABSTRACTING AS INFORMATION RETRIEVAL TOOLS IN DIGITAL LIBRARY
    11. CONCLUSION
    12. REFERENCES
    13. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  16. Chapter 9: Demographics, Socio-Economic and Cognitive Skills as Barriers to Information Seeking in a Digital Library Environment
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. INFORMATION NEEDS AS PRECEDENCE OF INFORMATION SEEKING
    4. INFORMATION SEEKING AND BEHAVIOR IN A DIGITAL ENVIRONMENT
    5. DEMYSTIFYING THE DIGITAL LIBRARY
    6. FUNCTIONS OF DIGITAL LIBRARY
    7. PURPOSE OF DIGITAL LIBRARY
    8. DEMOGRAPHIC FACTORS
    9. BARRIERS TO INFORMATION SEEKING IN A DIGITAL LIBRARY VIS-À-VIS COGNITIVE SKILLS
    10. CONCLUSION
    11. RECOMMENDATIONS
    12. REFERENCES
    13. ADDITIONAL READING
    14. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  17. Chapter 10: Information Seeking Behaviour of Trade Unionists
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. ORGANIZATION AND INSTITUTE FOR LABOUR ADMINISTRATION
    4. TEMPLATES OF TRADE UNION IN NIGERIA
    5. TRADE UNION AND INFORMATION NEED
    6. INFORMATION MANAGEMENT IN TRADE UNIONISM
    7. INFORMATION SEEKING BEHAVIOR
    8. SPECIALIZED INFORMATION SERVICES
    9. THE CHALLENGES OF TRADE UNIONISM
    10. THE CHALLENGES OF DIGITAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION
    11. CONCLUSION
    12. RECOMMENDATIONS
    13. REFERENCES
    14. ADDITIONAL READING
    15. KEYWORDS AND DEFINITIONS
  18. Chapter 11: Usability of Digital Resources
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
    4. DISCUSSION OF FINDINGS
    5. CONCLUSION
    6. RECOMMENDATIONS
    7. REFERENCES
    8. ADDITIONAL READING
    9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  19. Chapter 12: Information Need and Seeking Behavior of Farmers in Laduba Community of Kwara State, Nigeria
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
    4. LITERATURE REVIEW
    5. UNDERSTANDING INFORMATION SEEKING BEHAVIOUR OF USERS
    6. MODEL ON INFORMATION SEEKING
    7. INFORMATION SEEKING IN DIGITAL LIBRARIES
    8. SCOPE OF THE STUDY
    9. RESULTS AND DISCUSSIONS
    10. DISCUSSION OF FINDINGS
    11. CONCLUSION
    12. RECOMMENDATIONS
    13. REFERENCES
    14. ADDITIONAL READING
    15. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  20. Chapter 13: Role of Social Networking for Information Seeking in a Digital Library Environment
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. LITERATURE REVIEW
    4. ROLES OF SOCIAL NETWORKING IN DIGITAL LIBRARY ENVIRONMENT
    5. ROLE OF INFORMATION PROFESSIONALS IN USING SOCIAL NETWORKING MEDIA IN A DIGITAL LIBRARY ENVIRONMENT
    6. SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS IN A DIGITAL LIBRARY ENVIRONMENT
    7. CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS OF USING SOCIAL NETWORKING IN DIGITAL LIBRARIES
    8. CONCLUSION
    9. RECOMMENDATIONS
    10. REFERENCES
    11. ADDITIONAL READING
    12. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  21. Chapter 14: Barriers to Information Seeking in the Digital Libraries
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. CONCLUSION
    4. REFERENCES
    5. ADDITIONAL READING
    6. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  22. Chapter 15: Digital Libraries as Information Superhighway
    1. ABSTRACT
    2. INTRODUCTION
    3. FACTORS RESPONSIBLE FOR EMERGENCE OF DIGITAL LIBRARIES
    4. INFLUNCES OF INTERNET ON DIGITAL LIBRARIES
    5. DIGITIZATION
    6. PROCESS OF DIGITIZATION
    7. DIGITAL PRESERVATION
    8. DEFINITION TO DIGITAL LIBRARY
    9. CHARACTERISTICS OF DIGITAL LIBRARIES
    10. ADVANTAGES OF DIGITAL LIBRARIES
    11. DIGITAL LIBRARY SERVICES
    12. DIGITAL LIBRARY PROJECTS/INITIATIVES
    13. DIGITAL LIBRARIES AND THE CYBER LAW
    14. PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH DIGITAL LIBRARIES
    15. MEKELLE UNIVERSITY DIGITAL LIBRARY
    16. FUTURE PERSPECTIVE OF DIGITAL LIBRARIES
    17. CONCLUSION
    18. RECCOMENDATION FOR PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE DIGITISATION AND ONLINE ACCESSIBILITY OF CULTURAL HERITAGE
    19. SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE RESEARCH IN DIGITAL LIBRARY ARENA
    20. REFERENCES
    21. ADDITIONAL READING
    22. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  23. Compilation of References
  24. About the Contributors