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A Study of the Personal Information Management practices of Librarians

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dc.contributor.author Creegan, Timothy Daniel
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-20T03:44:37Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-11T21:33:31Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-20T03:44:37Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-11T21:33:31Z
dc.date.copyright 2017
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/20263
dc.description.abstract Research Problem: Personal Information Management is an increasingly important subject as more and more of people’s work becomes information-based. Understanding the information management practices of information professionals both as a group and in individual sectors has been the focus of several investigations, but there is limited research focusing on librarians, although they are often the major interface between information professionals and other people. This study aims to discover how librarians practice work-related Personal Information Management and how they adapt to the constant changes in information technology. Methodology: An exploratory qualitative study using data gathered from semi-structured interviews with librarians conducted in their own workspaces similar to those used in several other exploratory PIM studies, and analysed with grounded theory methods. The participants were selected from among librarians working in various branches of Auckland Libraries, who responded to a call for participants sent out in internal mailing lists. Results: The study found that librarians have broad skills in the realm of personal information management, with many techniques found to deal with common problems in PIM such as information fragmentation. However, librarians’ strong personal skills and ability to organise their own information leads to their information regularly being difficult to find for other librarians, as many use their own idiosyncratic structures even within shared systems. Implications: The results suggest that librarians’ ability to share information among themselves within an organisation could be improved by reducing the individual quirks of their organisation systems and increasing standardisation, if they can be convinced to use it. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Information Management en_NZ
dc.subject Librarians en_NZ
dc.subject Organisation en_NZ
dc.subject Personal Information Management en_NZ
dc.subject Knowledge Management en_NZ
dc.subject PIM en_NZ
dc.title A Study of the Personal Information Management practices of Librarians en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Information Management en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 080708 Records and Information Management (excl. Business Records and Information Management) en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Masters Research Paper or Project en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Information Studies en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Masters en_NZ
thesis.degree.name Master of Information Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcforV2 461009 Recordkeeping informatics en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoaV2 280115 Expanding knowledge in the information and computing sciences en_NZ

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