The Relationship between International Student Library Use and Information Needs


  • Zhixian Yi Charles Sturt University



Relationship, International Student, Library Use, Information Needs


This study examines how international student library use relates to their information needs and the factors influencing their information needs. The collected quantitative data were analyzed using descriptive statistics (percentages) and inferential statistics (ordinal regression). The regression analysis confirms that demographics, human capital, and library use variables play significant roles in predicting international student information needs. Demographic variables such as age, human capital data such as education level, databases, interlibrary loan, e-journals, library reserve, ready reference, online subject guides, browsing the Internet, email and print materials are significant predictors of international student information needs, but this study indicates that gender, library catalog, and remote access to the library offerings make no difference. The findings will help library directors, managers and librarians to reflect on the factors’ influences and to use the results to break down international students into smaller groups and evaluate, develop and enhance services and resources to satisfy their increasing information needs.

Author Biography

Zhixian Yi, Charles Sturt University

I am a lecturer in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University (CSU), Australia. I received a doctorate in information and library sciences and a PhD minor in educational leadership from Texas Woman’s University, USA. I was awarded my MLS from Southern Connecticut State University, USA. I was awarded the 2009 Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information Studies Honour Society. I have a significant publications record with articles published in The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Library Management, The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Journal of Library and Information Science, OCLC Systems & Services: International Digital Library Perspectives, Chinese Librarianship: An International Electronic Journal and LIBRI-International Journal of Libraries and Information Services. In 2011-2012, I was awarded the CSU Faculty of Education New Staff Establishment Grant, Faculty Small Grant and the School of Information Studies Research Fellowship, which have resulted in several significant presentations and publications. My research interests concentrate on six main areas: (1) library and knowledge management, (2) marketing techniques, (3) information use and needs, (4) digital libraries, and (5) the varied choices made when managing change and using information technology, and (6) history of librarianship.






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