Library Use and Information Seeking Behaviour of Law Faculty Members of Central Law College, Salem


Affiliations

  • Annamalai University, Library and Information Science Wing, DDE, 608 002, India

Abstract

The information needs and information seeking behaviour of users are vital for developing library collections, services and facilities to meet their information needs effectively. The purpose of this study is to identify the information channels used by the Central Law College, Salem faculty members, information sources preferred by them, methods employed for getting the needed information and their library use pattern. A questionnaire was distributed to 64 law faculty members and 56 filled in questionnaires were returned, giving an overall response rate of 87.5 percent. It was found that respondents used various sources for acquiring the needed information. Books were ranked as the most important source for teaching and research purposes, followed by law reports and statutes. Respondents preferred to first consult their personal collection before resorting to other information providing sources and agencies. On the whole, respondents perceived the Central Law College library collections, services and facilities as adequate to meet their information needs effectively.

Keywords

Information Seeking Behaviour, Information Needs, Search Engines.

Subject Discipline

Library Management

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