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A model of information needs of end-users (MINE) in the electronic information environment

Gashaw Kebede and Abebe Rorissa

ASIS&T 2008 Annual Meeting (AM08 2008)
Columbus, Ohio, October 24-29, 2008


Summary

Library and information science researchers have given due attention to the study of and modeling of information needs. However, there is a need for a model that captures the essence of information needs of end-users as a combination of both content and non-content (e.g. those related to information resources and end-users’ skills) and the fact that information needs vary according to the information environment in which they occur. Toward this end, we proposed a model of information needs of end-users (MINE) in the electronic information environment where the nature of “user tasks”, the state of the “electronic information resources”, and the level of "user experience" with the existing electronic information resources give rise to users’ “information needs”. The poster will present the setting for the model and state hypotheses regarding interrelationships between the constructs.


  
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