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Humanities Scholar Information-Seeking Behavior: Quantitative Approach

  • Mohammad Khaled Al ShboulEmail author
  • Othman A. Obeidat
  • Natarajan Sundar
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation book series (ASTI)

Abstract

This study aims to investigate the humanities scholars’ information needs and behavior in an ICT environment as a case study at Yarmouk University, Jordan. Earlier researches showed that humanities scholars have an incompatible relationship with ICT use even despite their significant use of library facilities compared to other scholars. Not to mention, the lack of up-to-date studies, which considers the significant acceleration in ICT infrastructure and the emerging digital environment. However, the main objectives are to (a) understand humanities scholar’s behavior and their information need in an ICT environment (b) identify the barriers they encountered, the study employed survey questionnaire method. 280 Academic staff from four faculties of humanities were sampled and selected. Responses were received from 161 academician’s staff members. The finding indicated that the humanities scholars possessed various level of awareness in the availability of sources and services of information in their field of subject interest. Besides, they showed different motivations in in-formation-seeking which were influenced by the usage of appropriate format and preference languages. It was also discovered that barriers in information-seeking such as limited of library resources, inconvenient of university environment and personal incompetency had affect their information-seeking satisfaction. They overcame the barriers through personal experience and technological literacy. Lastly, the findings can greatly assist the library in facilitating the needed re-sources and services which could ease the information-seeking behavior. It also can increase the level of satisfaction among the library users particularly the electronic resources and services.

Keywords

Information-Seeking behavior Information needs Humanities scholars ICT environment Jordan 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.American University in the EmiratesDubaiUAE
  2. 2.Al-Balqa Applied UniversitySaltJordan

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