Rural business information needs in the north-east of Scotland

Rita Marcella, Michael McConnell, Michael Seton*, Gerald Moore*

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    Describes the results of a Scottish Library and Information
    Council-funded project into the business information
    needs of companies in the rural areas of the north-east of
    Scotland. Based on a survey by questionnaire, interviews
    and case studies, describes the information providers
    available to rural businesses, the pattern of present use of
    such agencies by companies, the nature of respondents’
    information needs, problems in accessing information and
    attitudes to IT. Highlights as significant to businesses
    particular types of information, some of which are felt to
    require the support of expert advice. The use of existing
    agencies suggests that many companies are poorly
    informed as to which agencies to approach and that these
    are less likely to approach libraries than “business”
    organizations, i.e. those providers which are seen as being
    more dedicated to the interests of the business community.
    Finds that business information provision is a dynamic and
    constantly shifting environment, in terms of the appearance
    and demise of information providers; and suggests
    there are lessons to be learned from the experience of the
    traditional and long-established services.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3-16
    Number of pages13
    JournalLibrary Management
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 1996


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