Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

A Study of Information Needs and Seeking Behavior of Faculty Members of Darul Ihsan University in Bangladesh

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

A Study of Information Needs and Seeking Behavior of Faculty Members of Darul Ihsan University in Bangladesh

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The main goals of the present research are to discover, investigate and determine the information seeking behavior of the members of faculty of the Darul Ihsan University. Also the other aims of this study are as follows:

1. To specify the Purposes of information searching by the faculty members of Darul Ihsan University.

2. To find out the preferred information sources for finding general information.

3. To identify the roles that electronic information resources play in the faculty members of Darul Ihsan University for information seeking behavior.

4. The Channels that the faculty members of Darul Ihsan University used for information needs and seeking behavior.

5. Places are preferred by the faculty members of Darul Ihsan University.

6. To find the obstacles and problems in information seeking process to which the members of faculty encounter.


We are living in the information age. The term "Information Age" has been used to represent the impacts of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on every aspect of life. Baby, et al (2000) has mentioned that twentieth century witnessed an "information explosion" owing to the exponential growth of printed material every minute at the global level. The growth rate of publication is greater in science and technology than that of social sciences. The term Information explosion describes the rapidly increasing amount of published information and the effects of this abundance of data. As the amount of available data grows, the problem of managing the information becomes more difficult, which can lead to information overload. Information overload refers to the state of having too much information to make a decision or remain informed about a topic.

This information explosion and information overload gave the birth to the concept of studying the information needs and seeking behaviors of different groups of users. Information need is an individual or group's desire to locate and obtain information to satisfy a conscious or unconscious need . As Sharma (1992) and Vickery (n.d.) has stated that understanding the user is the half battle in providing information-services. The key operation is to select from the store the information needed by a particular user at a particular time. The concept of "information behavior" was coined in the late 1990s, but it traces its roots to the concept of "information needs and uses" that arose in the 1960s. There has been a gradual shift in the focus of information behavior research from a system orientation to a user orientation. At the end of 1970's and in the beginning of 1980's researchers began to realize that questions in information needs, seeking and use couldn't been seen only from he systems point of view. The user of the information and his/her needs came into focus and research in cognitive science was applied in the studies.

The new view was called the new paradigm or the cognitive view. The origins of human information seeking behavior are found in the work on the users of libraries and in readership studies in general. The post-war increase in the amount of scientific literature which was either newly published or recently released from war-time restrictions led, in 1948, to the Royal Society Scientific Information Conference, which marks the beginning of the modern study of human information seeking behavior. However, the subject goes rather further back in time. 1

History of Darul Ihsan University

Darul Ihsan University (DIU) is the first private university in Bangladesh established in 1989 by Darul Ihsan Trust (DIT). It obtained formal approval from the Government of Bangladesh in 1993 under the Private University Act 1992. The University, a brainchild of Late Professor Syed Ali Ashraf (Who was also its founder Vice-Chancellor), is a Unique Academic establishment, the only one of its kind in the country, modern in outlook but faith-based in philosophy. …

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