INIS USER NEEDS SURVEY: RESULTS OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF NUCLEAR AND ALLIED SCIENCES, GHANA. By ELIZABETH A. AGYEMAN SENIOR LIBRARIAN/INIS LIAISON OFFICER GHANA ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION Email: [email protected] BACKGROUND. In 1963, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) was established
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ELIZABETH A. AGYEMAN
SENIOR LIBRARIAN/INIS LIAISON OFFICER
GHANA ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION
Email: [email protected]
In 1963, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) was established
Functions of GAEC include development, promotion and use of peaceful application of nuclear & biotechnological techniques for development of Ghana
Mission of GAEC include Development of the human resource base in nuclear science, biotechnology and related fields
Response to INIS Technical Note 194
Feedback - National INIS Training Course 2007; & annual INIS awareness creation seminars, since 2006 as part of students orientation program
Part of ongoing study to identify information requirements to design appropriate services to meet learning, teaching & research needs
What kind of information resources do respondents first consult when they need information for their course/research work?
Which INIS subject areas are of interest to respondents?
What is the level of awareness and level of use of the INIS Database?
How did respondents get to know about INIS?
Which version of the INIS Database do respondents prefer?
What problems do respondents encounter when accessing the INIS Database?
What type of document do respondents consider most useful to their course/research work?
Which other free online information sources do respondents use?
Survey using a single self-administered semi-structured questionnaire
Population – M.Phil and PhD students of the Graduate School of Nuclear & Allied Sciences, Ghana
Response rate – 76% (53 out of 70 questionnaires returned)
Characteristics of respondents – Over 80% male, over 71% >31 years; 94% M.Phil students.
Data analysis – SPSS
Fig.5: Level of Use of the INIS Database Respondents Need Information for Academic Work
Lack of access to full-text journal articles cited in INIS bibliographical references
Inadequate knowledge and training about INIS search strategies
Unstable and slow Internet Service