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Title: A study of changing information needs of contemporary public library users in China
Author: LI Guihua ; CHEN Xueqiao
Source: Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science
Issued Date: 2009-05-20
Volume: 2, Issue:1, Pages:62-76
Keyword: Library information user needs ; Public libraries ; Library survey
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Corresponding Author: Li Guihua (E-mail: lghran@yahoo.com.cn)
English Abstract:

Public libraries should be vigilant and responsive to the ever changing information needs of their clientele functioning in a society undergoing through rapid change due to technological innovations. China is currently experiencing a social and technological transformation of great magnitude in terms of metamorphosing itself from a traditional society to one that is driven by information technologies. Our research study, taking this proposition into account, did a questionnaire survey on 954 library information users at five major public libraries. This research study has discovered that the information needs of public library users today reflect some of the peculiar characteristics of their society in changing times which is driven largely by the rapid development and application of new information technologies. It shows that there is a newly added demand emphasis on certain categories of library resources and services by the Chinese reading public. Our research findings have identified such needs basically in the following five functional areas of public libraries, namely, 1) Increased demands for economic resources, 2) rising expectations for more effective and efficient library services, 3) a convenient location and an amicable environment congenial to learning, 4) a suitable place for engaging in intellectual dialogues and in socialization, and 5) a few other technological amenities and information technology-based digital resources and facilities in addition to a rich repository of library materials in print format. Finally, our paper concludes its discussion with a few observation remarks about the changing trend of public libraries' visions, missions and operations vis-à-vis a contextual background of the ever heightened public expectations for getting quality information services in a timely manner in order for them to function effectively in an information-oriented society such as that of ours today.

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URI: http://ir.las.ac.cn/handle/12502/5334
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LI Guihua,CHEN Xueqiao. A study of changing information needs of contemporary public library users in China[J]. Chinese Journal of Library and Information Science,2009,2(1):62-76.
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