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Library Use and User Research: With Twenty Case Studies

M.S. Sridhar (Author)
Synopsis It is an unusual compendium of twenty independent case studies on the same set of library user population conducted by the author over a decade or so. It provides a sound theoretical background and framework with extensive review of literature and a review of important similar past use and user studies. The book also gives, in nutshell, the need for appropriate research methodology to be followed. An exclusive chapter on the background of the user population explored in these case studies helps reader to have continuity from one case study to another as well as to have insight into these studies. Case studies are grouped conveniently under different themes like user visit, movement and length of stay in the library, user requirements, user participation in collection development, use of collection, user interactions with the library, communication and citation behaviour, etc. The case studies use several complementary investigation methods and data collection tools and techniques. The results and findings are presented in juxtaposition with the findings of some related past studies. The book intends to serve as a handbook of model case studies for students, teachers, researchers and practitioners in library and information science and for all those concerned with library use studies and user research and enable them to conduct similar studies on other groups of users in their own environment.
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About the author

M.S. Sridhar

Dr. 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 the last three decades. For the last 23 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), Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore) and University of Mysore. Dr. Sridhar has published 42 research papers in professional journals, presented delivered a number of professional lectures. Also, he has published three books entitled User Research: A Review of Information behaviour Studies in Science and Technology; Problems of Collection Development in Special Libraries and Information Behaviour of Scientists and Engineers.

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Bibliographic information

Title Library Use and User Research: With Twenty Case Studies
Author M.S. Sridhar
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170229693
length 360p., Figures; Tables; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.