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Date of this Version

2021

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between information needs and seeking behavior of researchers at the African Regional Aquaculture Centre (ARAC), Rivers State. The population of the study was made up of thirty-four researchers at ARAC, Buguma, Rivers State. The study employed a correlational- Descriptive research design. Data was collected using a structured questionnaire titled ‘Questionnaire on Information Needs and Seeking Behaviour of ARAC Researcher (QINSB)’ whose reliability index calculated using Cronbach alpha was 0.922. The collated data from the responses of the respondents was organized using count/frequency, percentages and mean. The data was analysed using Pearson Product Moment Correlational statistical analysis. The findings indicated that a positive significant relationship exist between information needs for breeding, information needs for fish processing and information seeking behavior of researchers at the African Regional Aquaculture centre. This meant that researcher’s information seeking behavior at the ARAC was greatly influenced by these information needs. Similarly, there exist an insignificant positive relationship between information needs for hatching, information needs for fish feed formulation, information needs for product marketing and information seeking behavior of researchers at the African Regional Aquaculture centre. Similarly, the results showed that information on fish feed formulation and product marketing was not the major concerns of the researchers at the ARAC and thus there information seeking behavior for these needs was not significantly influenced by them. This led to the conclusion that information needs for breeding, hatching, fish feed formulation, fish processing and product marketing stimulate the information seeking behavior of researchers at the African Regional Aquaculture Centre, Rivers State. Thus, the study recommended the ARAC library should equip their information repository with more authentic and up to date information on fish breeding and fish processing so as to support the researchers in their work effectively.

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