International students' experiences of university libraries and librarians

Hughes, Hilary E. (2010) International students' experiences of university libraries and librarians. Australian Academic and Research Libraries, 41(2), pp. 77-89.

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International students constitute a significant proportion of the Australian university population, and thus of the university library-using population. Drawing on qualitative research findings, this paper discusses the library-related experiences and perceptions of international students at two Australian universities. While the students’ previous library use was limited, at their host university they experienced library using challenges, often associated with unfamiliarity. However, they generally viewed their Australian university library and library staff in a positive light. The findings support recommendations for developing library professionals’ awareness of, and enhancing international students’ library use.

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ID Code: 39873
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Please see errata on front page of the document.
This is the manuscript copy of the article which was accepted by for publication in Australian Academic & Research Libraries. Due to subsequent copy editing, there are discrepancies between the wording of the manuscript and the published version. Some of the changes are acceptable and make no difference to the intended meaning. However, several changes are inconsistent with the theoretical position or the context of the research, as outlined in the following table (changes shown in bold font).
Keywords: academic libraries, academic librarians, international students, information use, information literacy, HERN
ISSN: 0004-8623
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified (080799)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Australian Library and Information Association
Deposited On: 02 Feb 2011 22:36
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:30

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