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Key Trends in Information Seeking of Government College University Lahore Teaching Faculty
PLISJ (2015)
  • Muhammad Tufail Khan, Government College University, Lahore Pakistan
  • Khurram Shahzad
Abstract
The main goal of this study was to reveal the key trends in information seeking of GC University Lahore teaching faculty and to identify different attributes of information seeking (i.e., methods for keeping update, use of online databases and sources to seek information etc). An effort was also made to know the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) upon information seeking trends. The study was conducted in two phases. In the first phase, a comprehensive review of related literature was conducted to understand the theoretical and technical aspects of the study. In the second phase, instrument of questionnaire was developed for data collection with the help of reviewed literature. Response rate was found 72% due to personal relationships with faculty members. After the completion of data collection, the collected data were analyzed for interpretations by the researchers. Findings of the study reveal that most of the respondents used to converse with experts for seeking information. Respondents often used to seek information for teaching purposes. Respondents used electronic resources for seeking their specific pieces of information. They were pleased with the overall environment, staff and services of the Library although they mentioned some problems which they faced to seek their relevant information. The problems mentioned by the respondents indicate the need of formal training to use electronic resources for seeking information. Formal training will develop professional skills in respondents and satisfy their information needs. The faculty also showed interest in launching a special class of information literacy for the students of M.Phil/PhD to enhance their information searching skills. Findings and recommendations of this study can be a helpful source in establishing a friendly environment between Information Seekers and Librarians which will promote the services of the academia of the University.
Keywords
  • Information Seeking Behavior
Publication Date
Spring March 31, 2015
Citation Information
Muhammad Tufail Khan and Khurram Shahzad. "Key Trends in Information Seeking of Government College University Lahore Teaching Faculty" PLISJ Vol. 46 Iss. 1 (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mtufail440/6/