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Information overload and its implications for a corporate library: as perceived by eight researchers at AstraZeneca.
University of Borås, Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
2003 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesisAlternative title
Informationsbelastning och dess konsekvenser för ett företagsbibliotek : ur upplevelsen av åtta forskare på AstraZeneca. (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the present study is to develop an understanding of how researchers perceive the role of the library in helping them to cape with information overload related to maintaining currency. AstraZeneca was chosen to conduct this study because the pharmaceutical industry is a very intensive information industry. Eight willing researchers were chosen via a contact person to participate in the qualitative interviews. Researchers work in different departments and their time of employments differs. The results revealed that the problem of information overload is an individual approach and it is related to maintaining currency. To overcome the problem researchers have adopted individual coping strategies; specialization was the most useful strategy adopted by most of the researchers. Personal information management, as sorting and filing, seemed to play an important role in handling the current information. At the organizational level, the Information Science and Library was perceived as updated, professional and necessary. The library staff helps researchers to stay up-dated and to cope with information overload, by acting as information providers and as research assistants and by offering end-users-education.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
University College of Borås. Swedish School of Library and Information Science (SSLIS) , 2003.
Series
Magisteruppsats i biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap vid Bibliotekshögskolan/Biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap, ISSN 1404-0891 ; 2003:112
Keywords [en]
library and information science
Keywords [sv]
biblioteks- och informationsvetenskap
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-16298Local ID: 2320/1026OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-16298DiVA, id: diva2:1308185
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Uppsatsnivå: DAvailable from: 2019-04-30 Created: 2019-04-30

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