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The relationship between culture and public library use: non-Western students in Scotland

  Introduction - Individuals’ cultural backgrounds influence their use of societal resources, including those offered in public libraries. Well-established in library research are explorations of the benefits of public library use to new-comer communities, including migrant workers, immigrants, forced migrants, and international students. However, to date no research has been completed on why these communities use particular resources.
Methods - The project outlined in this poster concerns international students from nonWestern countries in Scotland. Using a mixed methods approach, the study presented will explore why international students from non-Western countries use specific public library resources, and the cultural factors that influence this use.
Analyses - Findings will derive from thematic analysis of participant responses in interview and questionnaire data.
Conclusion - An understanding of the perceived value of certain resources can assist in the effective tailoring of resources to serve new community members.

  • Type:

    Poster

  • Date:

    28 September 2020

  • Publication Status:

    Unpublished

  • Funders:

    Edinburgh Napier Funded

Citation

Salzano, R., Hall, H., & Webster, G. (2020, September). The relationship between culture and public library use: non-Western students in Scotland. Poster presented at ISIC (Information Seeking in Context) 2020, Pretoria, South Africa

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Keywords

culture, information behaviour, library use

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