ERIC Number: ED299978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
User Studies: How To Identify Potential and Actual User Needs.
This report explores some key problems and issues in the teaching of a course--Identification of User Information Needs--to information professionals. Tentative practical recommendations are offered, largely as they pertain to developing countries, and the following considerations are discussed: (1) manpower needs for information professionals are mainly determined by social development requirements and national priorities; (2) the broad aim of curricula for information professionals should be to produce personnel with socially relevant competencies; (3) the low status of this topic is fading, and curricula should reflect this emerging reality; (4) the identification of user needs is important; and (5) there is adequate content to make up a full course on this topic. An outline for the course is proposed, and 28 additional readings are listed. (7 references) (CGD)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Course Objectives, Developing Nations, Educational Planning, Higher Education, Information Needs, Information Science, Information Transfer, Library Education, Literature Reviews, Methods Research, Needs Assessment, Public Libraries, Technological Advancement, Use Studies, User Satisfaction (Information)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Federation of Library Associations, The Hague (Netherlands).
Identifiers: University of Botswana
Note: Paper presented at the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Pre-Session Seminar on International Colloquium on Education and Training of Library, Information and Archival Personnel (London, England, August 10-14, 1987).