Information Needs and Seeking Behavior of Newspaper Media Specialists in Shimoga District: A Study

  • Kiranakumar Doddamani Research Scholar, Department of Library & Information Science, Dravidian University, Kuppam
  • Ramesh R. Naik Professor and Research Guide, Dept. of Library and Information Science Karnatak University, Dharwad.
Keywords: Media specialist, Newspaper journalists, Information services, Information channels, Information seeking behavior


This research paper Sufficient knowledge about the information needs and seeking behavior of users is very important in order to develop the good library collection and to provide effective and efficient services to the users. This article reports the results of a study conducted to determine the information  needs and seeking behavior of newspaper media specialist working in Shimoga, Karnataka. It was found that different categories of media specialist used different types of resources for acquiring the required information. The print and online resources like periodicals, current issues of newspapers, newspaper clipping files and dictionaries/ biographical dictionaries are most frequently used sources of information by them. The main difficulties faced by them are lack of modern communication gadgets, information scattered in many sources, lack of time to look for or read information, information not readily available and inadequate library services and sources.


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