Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science ISSN: 2435-8495
三田図書館・情報学会 Mita Society for Library and Information Science
〒108‒8345 東京都港区三田2‒15‒45 慶應義塾大学文学部図書館・情報学専攻内 c/o Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
Library and Information Science 28: 61-80 (1990)

原著論文Original Article

大学図書館における人文科学分野の研究者を対象とした情報サービスの可能性Possibility of effective information services for humanities scholars at university libraries

発行日:1991年3月31日Published: March 31, 1991

The purpose of this paper is to clarify whether it is possible to offer information services in the humanities or not, and what kind of services should be offerred, based on the information needs and uses of scholars in the humanities.

To persue this purpose, a review of previous studies in this field is made, from which the hypothesis about the information needs and uses of humanities scholars is derived. To test this hypothesis, 7 humanities scholars at Keio University are interviewed. The results of interviews prove the hypothesis is right for the most part. And it is found as follows that: 1) There is only a small need for and use of information services because of some factors which obstruct the use of those services. 2) If the obstructions are removed, the need for and use of information services should increase. 3) Two types of information need are identified: “basic information” and “considerably specialized information”. 4) The need for and use of information services depends on the type of information need.

From the above, it is concluded that in order to offer effective information services in the humanities, it would be necessary: 1) to remove factors which obstruct the use of services, 2) to distinguish between the two types of information need, 3) to try to understand what kind of data each scholar needs, especially in cases where they need “considerably specialized information”.

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