ONLINE INTERCAMPUS COLLABORATIVE DATABASE OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE THESES: DESIGN AND NEEDS ANALYSIS
Keywords:academic libraries, union catalogue, database design, needs analysis, library and information science schools
This study presents the needs and design preferences of potential users, contributors, and administrators of a proposed Online Intercampus Collaborative Database of Library and Information Science Theses from various LIS academic institutions in the Philippines. With the use of survey questionnaires and interviews, findings show that there is a general positive agreement on the high need to establish such database. Both users and contributors generally report their significant need for ease of use and research utility. However, users are more inclined to full-text access than contributors. Both groups report a lower preference on online public access of the database. One of the academic institutions included in the study, the University of the Philippines Diliman, expresses full support on this project and its willingness to spearhead, manage, and facilitate the database. With the initial results of this study, further studies with more respondents, and actual design and implementation of this database are highly recommended to be done.
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