Public Libraries and Student’s Information Needs in Democratic Society
International Journal of Intelligent Information Systems
Volume 6, Issue 2, April 2017, Pages: 21-24
Received: May 5, 2017; Accepted: May 20, 2017; Published: May 27, 2017
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Robert Janus, Department of Information Sciences, University of Josip Juraj Strossmayer, Osijek, Croatia
Darko Lacovic, Department of Information Sciences, University of Josip Juraj Strossmayer, Osijek, Croatia
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The goal of this research was to examine information needs of students in democratic society with the emphasis on their perception and use of the public library in satisfying democratic and civil rights. In the research were used quantitative methodology (printed questionnaires) and participants were students of information sciences in Osijek (Croatia). Although research results showed that students mostly never (41%) or rarely (40%) searched for the information regarding their civil and democratic rights, they found that these rights were mostly important to them (mean 3.28). Less than a half of the respondents had information needs for democratic and civil rights in the area of education (42%). As expected more than a half of the respondents informed themselves about civil and democratic rights over the Internet (57%), while only 6% of them looked for that information in public libraries. Students mainly agreed that public libraries should provide access to the civil and democratic rights information (mean 4.13) by preparing public lectures, discussions, workshops or appropriate materials such as brochures (63%). Research data can be useful for public libraries in organizing collections and services for the support of democracy and civil rights.
Keywords
Information Needs, Students, Public Libraries, Democracy, Civil Rights
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Robert Janus, Darko Lacovic, Public Libraries and Student’s Information Needs in Democratic Society, International Journal of Intelligent Information Systems. Vol. 6, No. 2, 2017, pp. 21-24. doi: 10.11648/j.ijiis.20170602.12
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