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Article: Relating library user education to business students’ information needs and learning practices: a comparative study

TitleRelating library user education to business students’ information needs and learning practices: a comparative study
Authors
KeywordsBusiness students
Information literacy
Library instruction
Needs assessment
Issue Date2020
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/rsr.htm
Citation
Reference Services Review, 2020, Epub 2020-07-01 How to Cite?
AbstractPurpose The paper aims to investigate current library instruction programs to help business students make better use of library resources and improve their information. However, students’ information acquisition ability, library usage and their perception toward library user education are inevitably changing along with the rapidly evolving information landscape as well as the socio-cultural environment driven by information technologies. Design/methodology/approach For this study, 90 business students from three different majors at the Faculty of Business and Economics, the University of Hong Kong were invited to participate in the online survey for comparison. Findings The findings of this study suggest that the subjects, in general, recognized the importance of library user instruction. However, when the subjects encountered difficulties in information searching, they preferred to use search engines (such as Google) and seek help from their classmates. Practical implications The results of this study show that there were distinctive differences in library usage and views toward library instruction among students of three different majors. This study sheds light on the feasible actions of academic libraries to enhance library user instruction services and improve the IL skills among business students. Originality/value Although there is much research about the library instruction of academic libraries, scant research focuses on library usage and views toward library instruction of business students, especially on the comparison among different business majors.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/286379
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2020 Impact Factor: 0.831
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.546
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dc.contributor.authorZhang, Y-
dc.contributor.authorLo, P-
dc.contributor.authorSo, S-
dc.contributor.authorChiu, DKW-
dc.date.accessioned2020-08-31T07:03:01Z-
dc.date.available2020-08-31T07:03:01Z-
dc.date.issued2020-
dc.identifier.citationReference Services Review, 2020, Epub 2020-07-01-
dc.identifier.issn0090-7324-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/286379-
dc.description.abstractPurpose The paper aims to investigate current library instruction programs to help business students make better use of library resources and improve their information. However, students’ information acquisition ability, library usage and their perception toward library user education are inevitably changing along with the rapidly evolving information landscape as well as the socio-cultural environment driven by information technologies. Design/methodology/approach For this study, 90 business students from three different majors at the Faculty of Business and Economics, the University of Hong Kong were invited to participate in the online survey for comparison. Findings The findings of this study suggest that the subjects, in general, recognized the importance of library user instruction. However, when the subjects encountered difficulties in information searching, they preferred to use search engines (such as Google) and seek help from their classmates. Practical implications The results of this study show that there were distinctive differences in library usage and views toward library instruction among students of three different majors. This study sheds light on the feasible actions of academic libraries to enhance library user instruction services and improve the IL skills among business students. Originality/value Although there is much research about the library instruction of academic libraries, scant research focuses on library usage and views toward library instruction of business students, especially on the comparison among different business majors.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/rsr.htm-
dc.relation.ispartofReference Services Review-
dc.rights[Copyright © 2020, Emerald Publishing Limited]. This AAM is provided for your own personal use only. It may not be used for resale, reprinting, systematic distribution, emailing, or for any other commercial purpose without the permission of the publisher.-
dc.subjectBusiness students-
dc.subjectInformation literacy-
dc.subjectLibrary instruction-
dc.subjectNeeds assessment-
dc.titleRelating library user education to business students’ information needs and learning practices: a comparative study-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailSo, S: stuarts0@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailChiu, DKW: dchiu88@hku.hk-
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/RSR-12-2019-0084-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-85087674531-
dc.identifier.hkuros313614-
dc.identifier.volumeEpub 2020-07-01-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000596236600002-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-
dc.identifier.issnl0090-7324-

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