The Evolution of Scholarly Digital Library Needs in an International Environment: Social Reference Management Systems and Qatar

  • Hamed Alhoori
  • Carole Thompson
  • Richard Furuta
  • John Impagliazzo
  • Edward A. Fox
  • Mohammed Samaka
  • Somaya Al-Maadeed
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8279)

Abstract

Qatar has become an active research producer of data, publications, and other scholarly works. We studied the evolving scholarly activities and needs of researchers in this relatively new research environment, and compared them with previous findings from a well-established environment in the United States. The initial findings shed some light on the similarities and differences in information seeking behavior and information needs. We also highlighted some requirements and solutions appropriate for future international digital libraries and social reference management systems.

Keywords

Scholarly communication Digital libraries Information seeking Information needs Social media Academic social networks User studies 

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hamed Alhoori
    • 1
  • Carole Thompson
    • 2
  • Richard Furuta
    • 1
  • John Impagliazzo
    • 3
  • Edward A. Fox
    • 4
  • Mohammed Samaka
    • 5
  • Somaya Al-Maadeed
    • 5
  1. 1.Dept. of Computer Science and EngineeringTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  2. 2.Texas A&M UniversityQatar
  3. 3.Dept. of Computer Science, EmeritusHofstra UniversityHempsteadUSA
  4. 4.Dept. of Computer ScienceVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA
  5. 5.Dept. of Computer Science and EngineeringQatar UniversityDohaQatar

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