Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

Abstract

Libraries will have satisfactory performance in terms of providing services to users if they firstly identify the information needs of their clients and then, they seek to meet these needs. To accomplish this aim, identifying the information seeking behavior of users seems necessary. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the methods and motives of information seeking by students of allied medical sciences. The population of the study included the postgraduate students of Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences accepted to the university in 2015 to 2016.

The results indicated that the main motivations of students for the information seeking is first to update their professional knowledge and then to do research activities. Among the information channels used, formal channels have been given more attention. In rating the difficulties ahead in the searching for information, the lack of or unavailability of resources was identified as the most important factor. Providing more and better information on the electronic resources of the university for the graduate students could lead to the more efficient use of the existing resources and would have much success in achieving the educational and research goals. In addition, librarians need to have detailed and scientific knowledge about the information seeking behaviors of their users so that they can meet the information needs of them through providing the necessary facilities and resources using minimum time and the lowest cost.

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