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“THAT was NOT there before”: how family history researchers use public libraries in New Zealand

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dc.contributor.author Aiken, Laura Ashleigh
dc.date.accessioned 2020-07-09T23:18:22Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-07-12T02:40:54Z
dc.date.available 2020-07-09T23:18:22Z
dc.date.available 2022-07-12T02:40:54Z
dc.date.copyright 2020
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/21072
dc.description.abstract PROBLEM This study examines how family history researchers use libraries in New Zealand. It seeks to understand their relationship with libraries, the information-seeking behaviour and strategies they employ, and how they access resources and retrieve records at libraries. These aspects have not been studied recently and so the amount of current data on them is lacking, leaving many components to be examined. METHODOLOGY A mixed-methods design was used to gather data via an anonymous online survey, asking quantitative and qualitative questions. The survey was sent to members of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, and the results were analysed statistically for key themes and patterns. RESULTS Family history researchers use libraries to access the physical and electronic materials. Their strategies and behaviours are dictated by their relationship with libraries. Libraries still play a key role in the facilitation and success of family history research, even with the pervasiveness of the internet. IMPLICATIONS Libraries need to maintain and develop the current physical and electronic access they provide to key family history materials. The relationship between family history researchers and the libraries they use is integral to their research success. 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 Family history Research en_NZ
dc.subject Information seeking en_NZ
dc.subject Public libraries en_NZ
dc.title “THAT was NOT there before”: how family history researchers use public libraries in New Zealand en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Information Management en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 080703 Human Information Behaviour 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 461002 Human information behaviour en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoaV2 280115 Expanding knowledge in the information and computing sciences en_NZ

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