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An Exploratory Study of Information Needs and Information Seeking Behaviors of Overseas Users for Korea-related Materials

  • Journal of the Korean Biblia Society for Library and Information Science
  • 2022, 33(2), pp.121-144
  • Publisher : Journal Of The Korean Biblia Society For Library And Information Science
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Library and Information Science
  • Received : June 2, 2022
  • Accepted : June 13, 2022
  • Published : June 30, 2022

Nahyun Kwon 1 Jiyoung Suh 2

1명지대학교
2연세대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to investigate the information needs, information seeking behavior, and information use of people who seek information on Korea overseas. A total of 382 survey responses from 52 countries and in-depth interview data from 26 participants were collected and analyzed. As a result, the respondents were categorized into three groups, namely Hallyu culture enjoyment, Korean language learning, and Korean studies research groups, by their unique information needs and information seeking behaviors. Pandemic boosted the demand for digital data expansion and digital archiving efforts. Various information problems caused by language, technology and policy obstacles were revealed. Findings suggest strategies to assist Korea-related information users.

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