Information Behaviour of Scientists and Engineers

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  • Author :M.S. Sridhar
  • Year of Publication :1995
  • ISBN: :9788170225638
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 388
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Library Sciences, Science and Technology

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About the Book :

Using several complementary investigation methods and data collection tools and techniques, Information Behaviour in general and Information Seeking Behaviour (ISB) in particular of Indian Space Technologists (IST) comprising of scientists, engineers, managers, technocrats, technologists and technicians of ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) Bangalore have been investigated and results and findings presented in juxta position with the findings of some related past studies. Multiple investigation methods are used in a helpful sequence to enable cross-checking of data for its validity, reliability and consistency as well as to depict different perspectives like users opinions, researchers observation, results of discussions, self reported activities of users and analysis of historical records. Methods used included questionnaire, semi-structured personal interviews, self-reported weekly summary of information-related activities, direct unobtrusive as well as indirect observations, quasi-experiment and a host of indirect methods. A systematic attempt is made to determine various characteristics and ISB of IST and relate such behaviour to their characteristics. Facts of ISB included the motives and purposes of seeking information, the nature and type of information sought, the sources of bibliographic information sought, the sources of bibliographic information used, delegation of information gathering task, item spent on information-gathering activities, sources of information, interpersonal information sharing, intra and inter-organisational communication behaviour, use of and user interactions with the primary library. Apart from extensive comparison of results with results of western studies, many possible areas of user studies for further research are identified. The book intends to serve as a handbook or manual for students, teachers, researchers and practitioners in library and information science as well as those in related disciplines and a model base line study in user research in terms of methodology and findings to conduct similar studies on other groups of users in the country and comparing similar studies done abroad.


About Author :

M.S. Sridhar is a post-graduate in mathematics and business management and a doctorate in library and information science. He is in the profession for last two decades. For last 16 years he is heading the library and documentation division of ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore. Earlier he has worked in the libraries of National Aeronautical Laboratory (Bangalore), India Institute of Management (Bangalore), and University of Mysore. Dr. Sridhar has published about 35 research papers in professional journals. Presented a number of papers in conferences and seminars, delivered several professional lectures and published two books entitled User Research: A Review of Information Behaviour Studies in Science and Technology? and Problems of Collection Developments in Special Libraries.