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  • P-ISSN1013-0799
  • E-ISSN2586-2073

Identifying Information Needs of Public Library Users Based on Circulation Data: Focusing on Public Libraries in Seoul

Journal of the Korean Society for Information Management, (P)1013-0799; (E)2586-2073
2021, v.38 no.2, pp.173-199
https://doi.org/10.3743/KOSIM.2021.38.2.173


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Abstract

In this study, in order to understand the characteristics of the users’ information needs for each public library unit, the user needs were analyzed based on the various attribute information of the books loaned to 11 public libraries in 8 districts in Seoul. As a result, the prominent book use patterns of the libraries were revealed, specifically related to the target user groups, purpose/motivation, interests/preferences, book genre, and subject. In addition, there was a preference for authors, and a difference in the role of the preferred authors in each library was also revealed. The results of this study will help to provide guidelines for the development of differentiated collections and service programs based on user needs.

Submission Date
2021-05-17
Revised Date
2021-06-01
Accepted Date
2021-06-11

Journal of the Korean Society for Information Management