Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services
The study of library use and document gathering behavior: A survey of geomatics faculty at Wuhan University, China
Publication date: Spring 2011Source:
Library Collections, Acquisitions, and Technical Services, Volume 35, Issue 1
Author(s): Shi-Jian Gao, Jin Xiu Guo, Xiao-Ling DuanThis study is to understand the professional document gathering behavior and the use of the Information Technology Library at Wuhan University. The library conducted a survey in 2009 and seventy-eight geomatics faculty participated in this investigation via email to examine what kinds of professional materials they currently use to support teaching and research, how they seek and acquire these documents, and which library services they use most on campus. Questionnaire responses have been tabulated to make the answers clearer and show the results more intuitively. Some incentives were offered to stimulate faculty participation. The survey disclosed many informative responses and also indicated that the library was still the major document gathering source; the faculty more likely used library electronic resources and rarely used other library resources or services; journals and international conference proceedings were the favorite materials for teaching and research. Some ranking lists with reference value were also provided, such as the most widely used foreign journals and international proceedings, and the most familiar academic institutions, publishers and university directories. The study pointed out that the library could develop appropriate collections and services to meet the faculty needs with the implication of the survey.