Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Information Search Strategies among LIS Professionals: A Case Study of Selected Institutions in India

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Information Search Strategies among LIS Professionals: A Case Study of Selected Institutions in India

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1. Introduction

According to Eke, Helen Nneka (2014), the convergence of computer and telecommunication has revolutionized information management in the present day information environment. One of the products of this myriad of convergence is the birth of the Internet. In the process of trying to make information available to information seekers and users in the past few years, Internet search strategies have become the state of the art. This is so considering the strategic importance of Internet in information retrieval. The world over have been availed the opportunity of Internet in the enhancement of knowledge and research. The invention of the Internet, CD-Rom technology, and on-line information search engines, among others have made this possible.

According to Babita Pattanaik (2011), internet is considered as an affluent source of information. The potential impact of this technology on academic and research scenario is not an exception, as it greatly affects the teaching and research environment in higher education system. The internet has brought data communication and information exchange into a new level and justified its existence and potential at online information retrieval platform; by providing access to myriad source of data and wide range of online information resources, faster rate of data transfer, making information searching more efficient and fulfills the diversified need of user. Due to the extensive growth of information in internet, the users of internet are lost in the flood of information. Information seekers need to have basic skills in finding relevant information from the ocean of information. Thus navigation of internet has become one of the most essential literacy skills in the present age. It is important to learn the basic process and techniques of searching the exact information over the internet to improve the search effectiveness of users. Therefore, it is necessary to evaluate the user interface and analyze the searching behavior pattern of end users towards consumption of exact information.

2. Review of Literature

Iran Asefeh Asemi (2005) reports a survey on the search habits of internet users at the Medical University of Isfahan (MUI), a governmental university in Isfahan city, Iran. The study emphasizes to find the search requirements related to the use of internet information. Data were collected by using a questionnaire and follow-up interviews with internet users from five faculties. Results show that all the respondents are using the internet frequently as each of them has been provided the internet connection. It is revealed that the researchers of MUI are getting quality information through the internet. 55% respondents search for scientific information through the internet because the university library has provided access to various databases and online journals for all students and staff. They use the internet in different ways, such as accessing to online journals, downloading software or text, chatting, discussion, E-mail services and for finding related references. It was unveiled that the internet services are normally used for research. Also it is observed that the Google and Yahoo search engines are more widely used compared to other search engines. The analysis reveals that 54% of internet users always find useful information on the internet. 31% of respondents believed that quality information is available on the internet and finally, 35% of the studied population use print, online and offline form of information for updating their subject knowledge.

Thanuskodi (2012) identified Public libraries are essential since they improve literacy, stimulate imagination and expand personal horizons. They also inform and empower citizens, enable access to a common cultural heritage and support education at all levels. Also, a positive relationship is observed between public library and literacy level, which in turn, contributes to increase in economic productivity. …

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