ERIC Number: ED217832
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Mar-6
Reference Count: N/A
Guidelines on Studies of Information Users (Pilot Version).
Ford, Geoffrey, Ed.; Harris, Colin, Ed.
Preliminary guidelines are presented to provide a methodology for conducting user studies in the information field, particularly in developing countries. Topics covered include: user needs in planning a national information system; the identification of user groups; the design and organization of user studies, including background research survey objectives, resources, survey organization, selection of data collection methods, and sampling and response rate; data collection methods including documentary sources, diaries, questioning and observation; evaluation of data on information needs; and the nature and content of survey reports. Ten figures, 35 references, and an 11-item bibliography are provided. Appended are 11 sample questionnaires, designed for such audiences as the staff of educational institutions, library users, and small and large farms or establishments. (RBF)
Publication Type: Guides - General; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Authoring Institution: Sheffield Univ. (England). Centre for Research on User Studies.