European Union information: an investigation of need amongst public library users in three Scottish authorities.
Marcella, Rita; Baxter, Graeme
Dr Graeme Baxter email@example.com
This article reports the results of a study funded by the British Library, undertaken by the School of Information and Media, Robert Gordon University with the help of three public libraries services (Aberdeen, Glasgow and Moray). The study aimed to investigate the provision of European Union (EU) information in UK public libraries, and in particular the implementation of the Public Information Relay (PIR). The PIR was a European Commission sponsored initiative designed to bring EU information closer to the UK public through the existing public library network. The article focuses on one particular element of the project: a questionnaire survey of the user needs of public library users on their past use of public libraries and other sources of European information. Results indicated a growing actual and predicted level of need for European information and an awareness of the potential significance of EU information: which bodes well for the future of PIR. However, results also demonstrated the significance to public library users of European information for educational, business related and employment reasons, none of which are seen to lie within the remit of PIR, which is seen as focusing on the general citizen. (The full results of the study are published as a British Library Research and Innovation Report (no. 19) and in an abridged form in Library Management, 18(1) 1997, 7-41).
MARCELLA, R. and BAXTER, G. 1997. European Union information: an investigation of need amongst public library users in three Scottish authorities. Journal of librarianship and information science [online], 29(2), pages 69-76. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/096100069702900202
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Acceptance Date||Jun 30, 1997|
|Online Publication Date||Jun 30, 1997|
|Publication Date||Jun 30, 1997|
|Deposit Date||Feb 20, 2008|
|Publicly Available Date||Feb 20, 2008|
|Journal||Journal of librarianship and information science|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
MARCELLA 1997 European Union information
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