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|Title: ||An analytical investigation of the library and information services of the Arab National Commissions for Unesco|
|Authors: ||Yousef, Atif Y.M.|
Library and information services
|Issue Date: ||1995|
|Publisher: ||© Atif Yousef|
|Abstract: ||The purpose of this study is to investigate the current situation of the library and
information services of the Arab National Commissions for Unesco. Based on
a desired image anticipated by the respective Organisations and the
Commissions, and in consideration of the requirements of a specialised library
to support the mission of its parent commission, a theoretical framework to act
as a guide through this investigation was developed. Within the context of this
framework, the relevant components and factors were identified. The focus was
placed on input and output factors, and the interaction made by users with these
components. For this purpose, a survey of the libraries, and two parallel surveys
of both internal and external users were carried out. Relevant data was collected
through questionnaires, interviews, visits and observation.
Hypotheses to examine the level of use by internal users and how their
characteristics influenced the frequency of use were designed and tested. Being
interested in certain topics, and seeking information to perform certain tasks
were the main significative factors influencing the level of use of internal users.
The distance, external users travelled to the library, was the main factor
influencing their use.
The study also intended to identify the problems inherent in these libraries, and
to detect the causes of these problems. A hypothesis designed to examine the
relationships among personal attributes and their frequency of encountering the
problems was tested. Another hypothesis to test the relationship between some
input elements and the frequency of encountering problems was also tested: The
main problems relating to availability and accessibility of information,
originated from the libraries rather than from the users. In addition, the study considered the needs of internal users, and their level of use, their methods of getting information from the libraries, and what action they took to solve the problem of availability. A general assessment of the effectiveness of the services was discussed, and the main problems hindering the effective role of the libraries were identified.
In the light of the analysis of the literature, and the findings of the study, the
desired image became more apparent, and an action plan for the development
and improvement of the services was formulated.|
|Description: ||A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.|
|Appears in Collections:||PhD Theses (Information Science)|
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