Information Seeking Behavior and Challenges in Digital Libraries

Information Seeking Behavior and Challenges in Digital Libraries

Adeyinka Tella (University of Ilorin, Nigeria)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: July, 2016|Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 359
ISBN13: 9781522502968|ISBN10: 1522502963|EISBN13: 9781522502975|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0296-8


Digital libraries have been established worldwide to make information more readily available, and this innovation has changed the way information seekers interact with the data they are collecting. Faced with decentralized, heterogeneous sources, these users must be familiarized with high-level search activities in order to sift through large amounts of data.

Information Seeking Behavior and Challenges in Digital Libraries addresses the problems of usability and search optimization in digital libraries. With topics addressing all aspects of information seeking activity, the research found in this book provides insight into library user experiences and human-computer interaction when searching online databases of all types. This book addresses the challenges faced by professionals in information management, librarians, developers, students of library science, and policy makers.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Bibliometric Approach
  • Cognitive Skills
  • Copyright
  • Distance Learning
  • Information-Seeking Models
  • Social Networking
  • Trade Unionists
  • Usability

Reviews and Testimonials

Contributors in information science, library science, education, information resources management, and knowledge management examine different types of information seeking behavior in digital libraries, looking especially at barriers to information seeking behavior and how to overcome them. Of special interest are case studies from various contexts in Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, and Ethiopia. Some topics broached include copyright issues and the digital library, information seeking behavior on the Web, information seeking behavior of trade unionists, information seeking behavior of farmers in Nigeria, and the role of social networking for information seeking in a digital library environment. The book will be of interest to professionals and researchers in library and information science, knowledge management, and information technology, especially those specializing in digitization, automation of libraries, and electronic/digital resources.

– ProtoView Reviews

This title offers international perspectives on digital library issues including information seeking and retrieval, usability, copyright, and other legal issues. Its 15 chapters give insight on the challenges in countries where limited infrastructure and other socio-economic issues present barriers to Internet and digital library access. Though aimed at practitioners and researchers within the information professions, especially those in the electronic resources area, each chapter has supplementary information that would assist those unfamiliar with the topics.
The front matter states the content of the chapters numerous times, becoming redundant. A table of contents is followed by a detailed table of contents featuring chapter abstracts. Following in the preface are shorter chapter summaries, then an “organization of the book” which restates the abstracts from the detailed table of contents. Individual chapters contain an abstract, a reference list, and key terms and definitions. Some also contain recommendations for further reading. A full compilation of references and an index are included. [...].
This title is unique in providing a larger scope for digital libraries in other countries. It may be of interest to those who study information seeking behaviors in the specific countries and cultures explored here. [...].

– Emily Lauren Mross, ARBA Reviews

The reference book addresses the challenges that users have when seeking information through digital libraries. The barriers and relations between the human computer interactions and seeking information, different information types, bibliometric studies and varying digital database types are discussed. This reference book includes fifteen chapters by major themes including information seeking behaviors, copyright issues, demographics of information seekers and indexing and abstracting. Chapters are predominantly written by and from African perspectives in Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Zambia with the exception of Malaysia and Portugal. Highly recommended for library and information professionals in academia, practitioners and educators. The target audience for this book is clearly for academic librarians, information science and library students, and library and information science educators around the world who would like to understand the issues relating to information seeking in digital libraries around the world.

– Shin Freedman, MLS, MBA, Framingham State University (USA)

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Adeyinka Tella is a senior lecturer in the Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences, University of Ilorin, Nigeria. Tella is a commonwealth scholar who finished his PhD in September 2009 from the Department of Library and Information Studies; University of Botswana. Tella was rated as the no 28th scientist in Nigeria and first in his University in the ranking of scientist in Nigeria released by Webometrics in March, 2015. In 2007, he was awarded a small grant for thesis writing for the PhD students’ category by the council for the development of social science research in Africa (CODESRIA). He has written and published articles mostly in international reputable refereed journals together with chapters in books. He is one of the contributors to an information science reference “Cases on Successful E-learning Practices in the Developed and Developing World: Methods for the Global Information Economy.” Currently, he is the Associate Editor International Journal of Library and Information Science, and Editor-in-Chief- International Journal of Information Processing and Communication (IJIPC). His research areas include e-learning, information literacy, information communication technology, psychology of information, etc.