ERIC Number: ED049776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Information Needs of Social Workers.
Bath Univ. of Technology (England). Univ. Library.
Semistructured, group interviews of a small number of social workers attempted to discover their information needs, problems and possible solutions. Results reported in this document are little more than impressionistic and indicative because of the small number of social workers interviewed and the type of information gathered. The major problem of social workers involves research information--what has been done, what results have been reported, and what research is in progress on any particular topic. In attempting to formulate a solution, three factors about social workers as regards information must be kept in mind: (1) lack of motivation for searching; (2) shortage of time for reading; and (3) overwhelming preference for informal communication. To reach solutions to the information problems of social workers, it is suggested that new trial services be developed and then evaluated in terms of their effect. (SG)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bath Univ. of Technology (England). Univ. Library.
Note: Investigation into Information Requirements of the Social Sciences