Information Seeking Behavior


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Information Seeking Behavior

  1. 1. Information is very important to every aspect of today’s information society or human being. The process of information acquiring, using and implementing information are known as information seeking behavior. In the case of academicians, researchers and students it is even more important because they all need right and update information for their research need. Information seeking behavior is a broad term, it involves a set of actions that takes by individuals or groups to show their information need, seek information, check & select the information to fulfill their requirement or information needs. As Wilson describes Information seeking is a term describing the ways individuals seek, evaluate, select, and use information. In the course of seeking new information, the individual may interact with different people, analog tools, and computer-based information systems.
  2. 2. According to Wilson (1999, 2000), information-seeking behavior includes "those activities a person may engage in when identifying their own needs for information, searching for such information in any way, and using or transferring that information." Kakai, et al., (2004) have defined information-seeking behavior as an individual's way and manner of gathering and sourcing for information for personal use, knowledge updating, and development. Information-seeking behavior of students, researchers, and professionals has been the focus of enquiry for decades. Initially, however, user studies were conducted primarily to evaluate library collections. These were followed by studies of the research habits of individuals or groups that would lead to the design of appropriate information systems and services. In mid 1980s, the focus shifted to holistic approaches to information-seeking behavior. According to Line (2000), new studies of information users and their needs are even more necessary in the age of the Internet. Researchers such as Callison (1997), Devadason and Pratap (1997), and Ellis (1993) have explored quantitative and qualitative methodologies for user studies.
  3. 3.  IMI Bhubaneswar library is located in a spacious and centrally air conditioned building over two floors spread over 6000 sq. feet.  The Information Centre aims to support the diverse information needs of all our students, faculty, researchers and staff through the provision of the ultra modern information resources and services.  The library provides access to relevant digital resources, covering not only all aspects of business and management, but also related areas such as sociology, computer science, economics, accounting, finance, behavioral sciences and information technology etc.  The large numbers of periodical titles subscribed by the library are a vital source for academic research and most journals are available electronically.  The Library and Information Service at IMI Bhubaneswar, offers access to a wide range of both printed and electronic sources with greater emphasis on electronic delivery of information to users.  The periodical titles are vital sources for academic research and up-to-date business information. Most journals are available electronically through the EBSCO and Emerald databases.  The students also get an access to online library resources of other B-schools as well.
  4. 4.  To find out information seeking behavior of the IMIB library users  To find out the awareness and use of library resources by the IMIB library users  To find out information sources of consulted by the users mostly  To find out awareness of the library services  To know the main purpose of information seeking behavior
  5. 5.  Visitor Frequency  Purpose of library visit  IMIBH library sources and Service use by Students  Purpose of Seeking information  Document Searching Data Analysis  Use of E-Resources
  6. 6. Visitor Frequency
  7. 7. Purpose of Library Visit
  8. 8. Library sources and services use by Students
  9. 9. Purpose of Seeking Information
  10. 10. Conclusion  In this study surveyed of IMIBH library . This study is main purpose that IT based library services are being less utilized compared with print sources by Management Students . Management Students use a varity of information sources for their Studies and career. Books and e-journals are considered mostly. I found that what are needs of library user. And how to develop to library in modern era.